Rinken Band
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Rinken Band

Rinken Band (?) is an Okinawan band that helped popularize their homeland's musical forms and traditional Okinawan music starting in 1985, when their first hit, "Arigatou", was released.

Rinken Band was founded by Rinken Teruya, the son of well-known Okinawan folk music artist Rinsuke Teruya. The band fuses Okinawan folk music, pops, and celebratory eis? traditions to make ballads and dance tunes.

Rinken Band's most recent appearance in the United States was a concert in Oahu, Hawaii.[when?] They were featured at the annual Okinawan Festival of 2007.


Rinken Band members
Teruya Rinken ? sanshin band leader
Tomoko Uehara ? vocals, drums, sanba, sanshin joined in 1988
Katsunori Inafuku ? vocals, drums joined in 1993
Naoki Enobi vocals, drums joined in 2002
Kaoru Yonamine ? vocals, drums joined in 2006
Akira Uehara bass guitar joined in 1993
Kiyohito Yamakawa ? keyboards joined in 1993
Former members
Hayato Fujiki ? vocals  
Yoshimitsu Gakiya vocals, finger whistle (, yubi-bue)  
Yoshimi Kuwae ? vocals, drums  
Toyoharu Ookawa   vocals, drums  
Mitsuru Tamaki vocals  
Kazunari Uechi ? drums, percussion, vocals  
Masaaki Uechi ? bass guitar, vocals  
Tsugumi Yonemori keyboards, vocals  


Audio CD

Year Title (Okinawan) Japanese Label Notes
1987 Arigatou Sony Records  
1990 Nankuru ? Wave  
1991 Rikka Sony Records mini album (4 songs)
Karah?i Sony Records  
1992 Ajimaa ? Sony Records  
1993 Rinken Band ? Sony Records best selection
Banji Sony Records  
1994 gon gon ? Sony Records  
1995 Cheren ? Sony Records  
1996 A Star (Hitotsu bushi) Indies Maker  
1997 Nachi nu fa Sony Records / Indies Maker  
1998 Mantin nu yorokobi Indies Maker  
Party (P?r?) ? Sony Records / Tristar  
1999 Nifee (Nif?) ? Indies Maker  
2000 Qing-dahmi Qing-dahmi (?) Indies Maker / The Orchard Rinken Band Best
2001 Orinasu hibi Indies Maker  
2002 Shima-j? shichi-gwachi ? Indies Maker Rinken Band Eis? Special
2003 Eis? EISA(?) Rent Rack Japan  
Ajimaa no uta ? Rent Rack Japan
Urizun - Rinken Band New Best URIZUN~? Sony Records / Gt Music best selection
2008 Golden Best - Rinken Band GOLDEN?BEST? Sony Records / Phantom Sound & Vision best selection
2012 Kugani michibushi ? Rinken Records  

Video / DVD

Year Title (Okinawan) Japanese Label Notes
1992 Njifa ? Video Maker 2006 release in DVD format
1995 Tink Tink Tink ... Primal Pulse TC Entertainment 2003 release in DVD format
2004 Pineapple Tours ? PDD () music for the film
Ajimaa no uta, Tomoko Uehara, Tenshi no koe ? ? ? Rent Rack Japan  
2008 Rinken Band Karah?i Live 2007 Kanzen-ban ? 2007 Video Maker live concert footage from 2007


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