Tropa 2014 entertains at Ginowan Tropical Beach

Johnny Ginowan and his Wale Wale has recently found his groove with Hawaiian ukulele music.

The official event name is Tropi DE Music Party, but everyone is calling this weekend’s program simply Tropa.

The two-day music event at one of the popular beaches in Okinawa, Tropical Beach in Ginowan, brings together ethnic groups like Okinawan sanshin musician Kazuya Gibo, salsa band Kachimba 4, samba dancers the Miyagi sisters, and other local performers.  Tropa is free, starting each day at 11 a.m. and running to 8 p.m.  Organizers say rain will trigger a

Kachimba4 rounds out the program Sunday with salsa.

postponement to October 12th.

Tropa will also bring together people of many countries for the dance show, music stages and world’s cuisines.  Ghanaian, Turkish, Swiss and French food will be there!

After sunset, a laser show will be held on both Saturday and Sunday live stages. Saturday’s program begins at 3 p.m. with Ganeko Funk Love, a funk band, followed by Homeland Okinawa hiphop dance at

Africasia plays a little more seldom heard, Africa inspired tunes.

3:45 p.m., Glean Piece reggae singers at 4:30 p.m. and sanshin player Kazuya Gibo at 5:15 p.m.  Johnny Ginowan & Walewale, a ukulele band, is on stage at 6:15 p.m., followed by Polynesian dance group Puahinano at 7 p.m.  The laser show starts at 7:45 p.m.

On Sunday, Hawaiian dance group Leinani performs at 2:45 p.m., with AfrikasiA playing African music at 4:15 p.m.  Atsuko Hiyajo with Tropicalism performs bossa nova at 5 p.m., the Miyagi Sisters & Okinawa Samba BBB demonstrate the samba dance at 5:45 p.m., and the Kachimba4 salsa band rounds out the entertainment at 6:45 p.m.  Look for the laser show at 7:45 p.m.