|Historical expanse of Ainu (Courtesy of ArnoldPlaton)|
The Ainu, the indigenous people in northern Japan (Hokkaido Island) and Russian Far East (Sakhalin and Kuril Islands), has distinctive yet eroding traditions. They are numerically overwhelmed by the dominant Yamato people even in Hokkaido. Their music is no exception.
However, a tonkori (a traditional string instrument of the Ainu) player named Oki stood up to change the trend. His Oki Dub Ainu Band mixes the traditional Ainu music with dub, raggae, rock, afrobeat and so on to create a new kind of Ainu music that appeals to the contemporary audience.
"Sakhalin Rock" (2010)
Sakhalin Rock is available at iTunes Store and Amazon.