Tamashiro Market – A Gabby-style Band in Okinawa

The Okinawa Botanical Gardens in Chibana, Okinawa City, was the setting for the second “Uchina-Hawaiian Meets Jazz” event yesterday. One of the featured attractions was an Okinawan group called Tamashiro Market.1 See the video below, which was uploaded to YouTube by Makalani1004 the same day.

Members of the group are “Kamani” Hilakawa, ukulele, vocal; Waka-chan, bass, vocal; “Bombero” Shimada, 12-string slack key guitar, percussion, audience; Uchida #2, slack key guitar, vocal; Shin-chan, steel guitar; Hatchan, mandolin, weissenborn, banjo; Ryo “Keiki,” 12-string & 6-string double neck slack key guitar, tiple, vocal.

Here’s another video from 8 May 2011, “2011.5.8 ‘Slack Key Rainbow’ at Cotton Club, Tamashiro Market, Medley,” uploaded to YouTube by Malibusurf70 on 5/11/11. The video quality and audio are a little better.

For Hawaii locals, if you’re wondering, the answer is yes, they got their name from Tamashiro Market in Kalihi. On their webpage, the famous crab logo is prominently displayed.
1Botanical Gardens Showcase Uchinaa-Hawaii-Jazz Connection,” Japan Update, 29 May 2014.

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