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        2009-03-21       Shimizu Jirocho Den / Hirosawa Torazo

Hirosawa Torazo is the well known legendary Rokyoku singer. Rokyoku is also called Naniwabushi, it was originally a kind of street performance in 19th century... Rokyoku is that the singer sings and talks stories with a Japanese traditional instrument Shamisen. Rokyoku was really popular until 50s, especially radio made Rokyoku popular at that time...but when people started to watch TV, Rokyoku was out of vogue... and still now...
Hirosawa Torazo became really famous by this "Shimizu Jirocho Den"... even people don't know any Rokyoku nor even name of Hirosawa Torazo, almost people know a passage from this "Shimizu Jirocho Den"!!!
his voice of singing really remains me Captain Beefheaert! if Don Van Vliet listens to Hirosawa Torazo's singing, what will he think?
i just started to listen Rokyoku in recently... although i was not interested in Rokyoku even i heard Rokyoku on radio sometime... but a couple weeks ago, i listened to Hirosawa Torazo's recording on radio when i drove my car, i got so big shock!! what the great music is!! i discovered Rokyoku then!! singing and talking are great, also backing by Shamisen with female interjected chant "haa..", "yoooo...", "ohhh...", "ahhhh" are so great too!!! why wasn't i interested in Rokyoku until these days!!?? i need to alive at least more 10 years for understanding Rokyoku!! the life is always exciting!!! hahaha...
Hirosawa Torazo dead in 1964, so i had no chance to see his live performance...

Shimizu Jirocho Den




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