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Okinawa musicians climb National CD money charts

Date Posted: 2004-04-22

It’s never happened before, but Okinawan musicians aren’t complaining. A new spirit is flowing over local artists, and the money’s not bad either.

New research released earlier this week by Tokyo’s Commercial Research and Teikoku Data Bank shows Okinawa CD makers in the top ten on the high income rankings.

High Wave is ranked eighth, after being 20th a year earlier.

Another company, Climax CD Production Company, moved up to 39th in the rankings. A few years ago, it never would have happened.

Okinawa artists are becoming very popular.

The famous Okinawan band Mongol 800’s music is breaking all over Japan. High Wave President Hotaru Higa says “now days there is no need to produce the CD in Tokyo, but here in Okinawa we do it online now. And it’s a more effective way to do business than going to Tokyo and promoting there.”

And he adds that “As Okinawan artists are becoming very popular they’re creating better music too.”

Another CD producer, Akiko Nakamura, says “I know it’s time for people to access the internet, but here in Okinawa there is one problem. We don’t have technicians, no engineers, no staff. We need people who can make good CDs, good sounds and good engineers and technicians. There are good musicians here… they need to see the starlight.”

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