Yukito Ara

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Yukito Ara(新良 幸人,Ara Yukito, born 1967) is a Japanese sanshin player and Okinawa min'yō (traditional folk songs) singer.

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Life and career

Born on Ishigaki Island in 1967, Yukito learned folk songs and how to play sanshin from his father, a singer of Yaeyama min'yō. [1] He moved to Naha, the capital of Okinawa prefecture, at the age of 18, and began performing live with a band under the name "Yukito Ara with Sandii "(新良幸人withサンデー,Ara Yukito with Sandii). They first became known for their live album Haru Natsu Aki chotto Yu ing(春夏秋ちょっと酔ing, "Spring Summer Fall, Getting Drunk a Little").

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References and notes

  1. Folk songs particular to the Yaeyama Islands; a subgenre of Okinawa min'yō.

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