M. Koja

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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VJCP-3110 Misako Koja - Virgin Tracks album art Ryuichi Sakamoto You Do Me (as M. Koja) Ryuichi Sakamoto - Virgin Tracks(CD, Comp, RE) Virgin VJCP-3110 Japan 1995 Sell This Version
314 556 855-2 Misako Koja - Fashion Cares: 15th Anniversary Retrospective album art Various You Do Me (as M. Koja) Various - Fashion Cares: 15th Anniversary Retrospective(CD, Comp, Mixed) Universal, Universal Music Canada 314 556 855-2 Canada 2001 Sell This Version