The following video, “The Nenes Koja Misako” (ネーネーズ 古謝 美佐子), was uploaded to YouTube by Saison TV on 14 Aug. 2013. It’s a documentary on Koja and the Nenes, shot in 1995 when Koja was 41.
At about the 19-minute mark, Koja sings a few lines of a minyo a cappella, and you know why, instantly, she’s one of Okinawa’s most gifted and talented minyo singers and song writers1. Three of the four original members, Misako Koja, Namiko Miyazato, Yukino Hiyane plus Emiko Shimabukuro have recently formed a new version of the Nenes, calling themselves Unaigumi2. For more on the Nenes, see Paul Fisher’s “Nenes – Akemodoro Unai (Sleeve Notes),” Far Side Music, 21 Dec. 2014.