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Title: Rites and Tales with BIWA: Yamashika Yoshiyuki, Blind Musician of Kyushu
Contributor(s): de Ferranti, Hugh  (author); Riro, K (author)
Publication Date: 2007
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Abstract: The music on this CD-set is a selection of recordings representative of the repertory of Yamashika Yoshiyuki (1901-1996), a blind musician and ritualist of Nankan-chô in central Kyushu's Kumamoto Prefecture. As the last person to have earned his income from performing a repertory of narratives, songs and rites with 'biwa', to many he seemed to be a twentieth-century apparition of the medieval 'biwa hôshi' - blind singers associated in Japanese popular culture with the carnage and strife that led to the start of warrior rule in the late twelfth century. Yamashika's identity as a musician and individual was far more complex, but from the mid-1970s he became well known as 'the last biwa hôshi', and was the subject of several books, television programmes, and an award-winning documentary film.
Publication Type: Book
Publisher: Japan Traditional Cultures Foundation
Place of Publication: Tokyo, Japan
Field of Research (FOR): 190409 Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 950105 The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance)
HERDC Category Description: A1 Authored Book - Scholarly
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Extent of Pages: 56
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