On the 28th of March we lost Producer, Musician, singer
and actor Ryuichi Sakamoto, aged 71. Sakamoto was the
founder of the Yellow Magic Orchestra in 1978. The band
members were Sakamoto , Yukihiro Takahashi and Haruomi
Hosono. They were pioneers in the use of samplers, sequen-
cers and drum machines. He was also famous for his work
both acting and writing the music for the motion picture
‘Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence’. Ryuichi Sakamoto
worked with David Bowie, David Sylvian, Youssou N’Dour
and Adrian Belew to name a few. This is his 1981 album
‘Left Handed Dream, David Sylvian – Forbidden Colours
is added as a bonus. Get it and spread it,
RIP Ryuichi ..
On request, today we find special music from Japan.
Michio Miyagi was a famous koto player who lived
from april 7, 1894 to june 25, 1956. We find this 10″
record on Victor, His Master’s Voice, LR-520 from 1958.
Michio Miyagi was blind from his eighth year. Since all
liner notes come in Japanese, I used the Shazam-app
to find the titles of this little album. Only the fourth
came out without result. Listen to Michio Miyagi ..
I was asked by blog friend Pete if, since this is the Global Groove,
I could post some music from China or Japan. So far there was one
Chinese post, but nothing from Japan. This is a cd from 1994 on the
wonderful Luaka Bop label of David Byrne. Shoukichi Kina, born 1948,
is in the popscene since 1977 and made a bunch of albums. This Best
off Shoukichi Kina covers 14 tracks in various styles.