Ihunke

Umeko Ando. Ihunke

Released by Pingipung
Pingipung60 - 2LP

Release Dates
Worldwide: Sep 21, 2018


Umeko Ando (1932-2004) was a folk singer from Japan. She is a representative of the Ainu culture on the Hokkaido island in the north ofJjapan. Ihunke is her first album which she has recorded with the Ainu musician and dub producer Oki Kano in 2000. This re-release of Ihunke is the first time that Umeko Ando's music is available on vinyl. read more...

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Umeko Ando. Ihunke

Pingipung - Pingipung60

Umeko Ando (1932-2004) was a folk singer from Japan. She is a representative of the Ainu culture on the Hokkaido island in the north ofJjapan. Ihunke is her first album which she has recorded with the Ainu musician and dub producer Oki Kano in 2000.

This re-release of Ihunke is the first time that Umeko Ando's music is available on vinyl. The traditional Ainu songs on Ihunke range from lullabies (hunke) to songs for the bear ceremony (iyomante upopo) or hunting songs about bows and birds (saraba iya ko ko). They are built on Oki Kano's tonkori patterns, over which Umeko Ando develops her repetitive, mantric vocals, often in a call-response manner. The tonkori is a 5- string harp which is held away from the body and plucked with the fingers. Oki Kano is one of very few professional tonkori players who performs worldwide with his Oki Dub Ainu Band.

The Ainu have suffered discrimination in the past centuries when their culture was supposed to assimilate to Japan. Only recently, in 2008, have they been officially acknowledged as indigenous people who are culturally independent of Japan. This record is an example of how the music has been passed on through generations in the oppressed and underground Ainu communities. It deserves a huge audience.

Cat.no.: Pingipung60
Format: 2LP

Tracklisting

1
1. Pekanpe Uk
2. Ihunke
3. Hutare Chui
4. Rewrew
5. Iyomante Upopo
6. Mukkuri 1
7. Yaisama
8. Mukkuri 2
9. Saraba - Iya Ko Ko
10. Sarorun Rimse
11. Battaki
12. Kusuep Kamuy
13. Herutun Rutun
14. Chup Kawa Kamuy Ran
15. Hekuri Sarari
16. Atuy So Kata

Release Dates:
Sep 21, 2018 (Worldwide)