Welcome to AmamiShamisen.com! The worlds first dedicated English based website for discovering and learning Amami Island folk music.
Welcome to the Amami Island folk music culture. You can immerse yourself in discovering all the essential sounds, cultures and experiences through this 20 minute documentary film on this beautiful music.
This film takes you on a journey to hear and see Amami Island folk music performance on Amami Island, The Amami folk music community in Osaka and a lively performance in an Amami Shima Uta bar in Tokyo. Hear from the performers themselves about what the experience is all about.
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If you are not satisfied with your documentary film experience I will happily refund your money no questions asked. Contact me via the form at the bottom of the page if you have any questions. Thank you for supporting my documentary film. Kind regards, Alex.
Summary of the Documentary
The sounds and culture of Amami Island folk music – The music, the history the people
Discover a small Japanese island’s disappearing local music culture and experience how they use it to enrich their lives and the community around them.
Looks like you would've had a wonderful and enriching experience! The people featured are amazing.
Thank you again for sharing this Alex, I have also been more than happy to pay $4 (although I do believe it to be worth much more!)
Thanks again Alex and please continue to make great documentaries!
Your thought towards Shimauta will be a good influence to the local people in Amami.
“Thank you for supporting my documentary and sharing the awareness of the beautiful Amami Island folk music culture with the world.” Alex (Documentary filmmaker and Amami Shamisen enthusiast.)
Here is some great music performance introductions to the sounds of Amami Island folk songs played on the Amami Shamisen and sung in the famous Amami style featuring falsetto voice.
Welcome to the worlds first dedicated English based website to discover and begin learning the beautiful art of Amami Island folk music, often called Shima Uta.
On the Learn page there is some introductory resources to start learning and playing the music.
On the Discover page there is a 20 minute documentary journey film that will give you a fresh insight into the music culture, the people and the meaning of Amami Island folk music. This is an excellent starting point if you are just new and want to get a immersive broad overview.
Please enjoy your Amami Shamisen folk music experience, feel free to contact me in the comments below or via my contact form.
Alex the author of AmamiShamisen.com, documentary filmmaker and Japanese folk music enthusiast welcomes everyone to ask questions related to discovering and learning Amami Island folk music via the contact form below.