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Yonaguni Jima EP

by Paul Mahoux / Tonseisha Rec.

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YonaguniCave 05:04
YonaguniDub 06:26


This is a series of three songs i made in 2007 with the voice of a friend's very old grandma from Yonaguni Island, south west of Okinawa. This tiny island is the most western part of Japan and is very close to Taiwan. An Okinawan friend went there to record his grandmother singing some traditional songs from the island and he gave me the recordings. Good intuition actually, because she passed away by the time i had finished the third song. And i don't even know her name, nor her face... just this harsh, salty voice. On purpose, i did not try to make her timbre more sweet sounding and i was very tempted to include some very funny moments between the songs when she coughs like a truck driver or gets a bit upset because her grand son continually asks her to stop moving some papers in front of the microphone when she sings. To stay true to this absolutely authentic harsh voice, i had to limit myself to a few elements to avoid sounding like a sometimes too civilized deodorant spray called "world music", and stay true to the Ryukyu traditional spirit.No guitar at all in those tracks.


released May 26, 2021


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Paul Mahoux / Tonseisha Rec. Okinawa, Japan

With Jazz, Electronica, World, and Film Music as a background,
eclectic guitarist / producer Paul Mahoux makes guitar
and modular digital audio based music with strong personality,
blending jazz, folk, groove, tech-house and ambient.
Born and raised in Paris in 1964.
Fromerly based in NYC, USA, now in Okinawa / Japan since 2002.
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