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Misako Koja is best known as the former vocal leader of the female quartet Nenes but has continually proved her prowess as a solo artist. She was born in 1954 in Kadena, near to Koza. She began learning sanshin when she was six from a relative, and then from Koutoku Tsuha and Setsuko Ishihara. She made her first recording when she was nine for Marafuku Records, and performed live from this time. She gained more prominence in Japan and overseas as part of the “Okinawan Chans”, three female vocalists who performed and recorded with Ryuichi Sakamoto toward the end of the 1980s (together with Yoriko Ganeko and Kazumi Tamaki) and toured in Europe and America. When Sadao China, put together Nenes in 1990 he chose Koja to lead the group, and so began a five year association that saw Nenes become one of Okinawa’s best known groups in Japan, and tour and record overseas. Leaving the Nenes fold at the same time to work with Koja was Nenes co-producer and keyboard player Kazuya Sahara, who had been partly responsible for shaping the Nenes sound. Warabi Gami, written by Sahara, was Koja’s first post Nenes single, exclusively sold at her concerts, and is heading toward status as a modern classic of Okinawan music.
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Misako Koja Discography Tracks

Misako Koja - Neo Geo album art Ryuichi Sakamoto Ryuichi Sakamoto - Neo Geo (Album) CBS Europe 1987 Sell This Version
CSLM 228 Misako Koja - Neo Geo album art Ryuichi Sakamoto Ryuichi Sakamoto - Neo Geo(Laserdisc, 12", NTSC) CBS/Sony CSLM 228 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
Misako Koja - Beauty album art Ryuichi Sakamoto Chinsagu No Hana and 5 more… Ryuichi Sakamoto - Beauty (Album) Virgin Japan, Virgin UK 1989 Sell This Version
VALZ-2071 Misako Koja - Beauty album art Ryuichi Sakamoto Ryuichi Sakamoto - Beauty(Laserdisc, 12", NTSC) VideoArts Music VALZ-2071 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
Misako Koja - You Do Me album art Ryuichi Sakamoto You Do Me and 1 more… Ryuichi Sakamoto - You Do Me (EP) Virgin Japan, Virgin Japan 1990 Sell This Version
VJCP-1404 Misako Koja - You Do Me album art Ryuichi Sakamoto You Do Me and 1 more… Ryuichi Sakamoto - You Do Me(CD, EP, Promo) Virgin Japan, Virgin VJCP-1404 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
KICH 2025 Misako Koja - Music Of Okinawa album art Various Tanchame = Tanchame Dance (as Misako Kojya) and 3 more… Various - Music Of Okinawa(CD, Album) Seven Seas KICH 2025 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
VJCP-28160 Misako Koja - Virgin Tracks album art Ryuichi Sakamoto Calling From Tokyo and 1 more… Ryuichi Sakamoto - Virgin Tracks(CD, Comp) Virgin VJCP-28160 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
MDCL-1046 Misako Koja - Gruppo Musicale album art Ryuichi Sakamoto Neo Geo Ryuichi Sakamoto - Gruppo Musicale(CD, Comp, RE) Midi Inc. MDCL-1046 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
Misako Koja - Moto.tronic album art Ryuichi Sakamoto Neo Geo Ryuichi Sakamoto - Moto.tronic (Comp) Sony Classical Canada 2003 Sell This Version
AKBA-10150 Misako Koja - Visual Works in Mid-Late 1980's album art Ryuichi Sakamoto Neo Geo Live in New York (Beacon Theater on June 24th, 1988) Ryuichi Sakamoto - Visual Works in Mid-Late 1980's(6xDVD-V, NTSC, Reg + Box, Comp) Avex Marketing AKBA-10150 Japan 2004 Sell This Version
RZCM-59982 Misako Koja - Miruku Yugafu - Undercooled album art Unaigumi, Ryuichi Sakamoto Miruku Yugafu - Undercooled Unaigumi, Ryuichi Sakamoto - Miruku Yugafu - Undercooled(CD, Single) Commmons RZCM-59982 Japan 2015 Sell This Version