Jablonski, Marek (Michael)

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(e) New folksongs.

The category of new folksongs (shin minyō) comprises songs rooted in indigenous styles from the early ShŌwa era (1926–89) onwards. The textual content of such songs is often concerned with matters of social and historical import such as emigration, the sufferings of war and social change. While generally showing little evidence of Western influence, the musical language of these songs has gradually developed away from traditional styles. Although many songs in this genre have the ephemerality of much popular music, some have acquired a status as standard items in the folk music repertory, in particular those composed by Fukuhara Chōki (1903–81), one of the founders of this genre.

Japan, §VIII, 1: Regional traditions, Ryūkyū.

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