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Shoukichi Kina & Champloose (喜納昌吉&チャンプルーズ, Kina Shōkichi ando chanpurūzu) is a Japanese band from Okinawa blending traditional Okinawan music with a strong Western rock influence. [1] Their name is apparently derived from the word for a traditional Okinawan stir-fry, chanpuru. Singer and lead songwriter Shoukichi Kina's electric sanshin was a particularly distinctive part of their sound. First major single was the classic "Haisai Ojisan" (Hey, old man), written while Kina was still in high school but not a hit until a few years later, in 1972. Later, Champloose's version of the Okinawan folk song "Jin Jin" (Firefly) was a minor hit in British discos, and their ballad "Hana" (Flowers), with vocals by Kina's wife, became a weepy favourite in many Asian countries.

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Their first, self-titled album, released in 1977, remains a Japanese folk-rock classic.

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References

  1. Strauss, Neil (16 July 1994). "Okinawa Gives Its Flavor To Rock". New York Times. Retrieved 1 March 2017.