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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The sanshin is an Okinawan musical instrument and precursor of the mainland Japanese shamisen ( 三味線). Often likened to a banjo, it consists of a snakeskin-covered body, neck and three strings.
Born on Ishigaki Island in 1967, Yukito learned folk songs and how to play sanshin from his father, a singer of Yaeyama min'yō. "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").He moved to Naha, the capital of Okinawa prefecture, at the age of 18, and began performing live with a band under the name
Ishigaki is a city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. It includes Ishigaki island and the disputed Senkaku Islands territory. The city is the political, cultural, and economic center of the Yaeyama Islands. New Ishigaki Airport serves the city.
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In 1994, Yukito formed the band Parsha Club, which represented a fusion of folk music (min'yō), pop, and jazz. He continues to perform and record today, and takes part in many jazz, world music, and other collaborations.
World music is a musical category encompassing many different styles of music from around the globe, which includes many genres including some forms of Western music represented by folk music, Jazz, as well as selected forms of ethnic music, indigenous music, neotraditional music, and music where more than one cultural tradition, such as ethnic music and Western popular music, intermingle.
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Yukito is a masculine Japanese given name. Notable people with the name include:
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