Begin (band)

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BEGIN
Origin Okinawa, Japan
Genres Pop rock, blues, Okinawan music
Years active 1989 - Present
Labels Imperial Records
Website BEGIN Official Web Site
Members Eishō Higa
Masaru Shimabukuro
Hitoshi Uechi
Notable instruments
Acoustic Guitar, Piano

Begin (ビギン Bigin?, IPA: [biɡiɴ], stylized as BEGIN) is a Japanese pop rock group from Ishigaki Island in the Yaeyama Islands of Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. Their sound contains many elements of traditional Okinawan music, and prominently features the sanshin.

History[edit]

The members of Begin – Eishō Higa (比嘉栄昇?) (sanshin, vocals), Masaru Shimabukuro (島袋優?) (guitar), and Hitoshi Uechi (上地等?) (piano) – are all from Ishigaki Island. They have been friends since elementary school. They also attended the same senior high school but upon graduation all intended to go their separate ways. One day, Eishō gathered the members together again and they began to focus on music. On December 5, 1988, they sang at a friend's wedding, calling themselves "Begin" for the first time. Soon they began to become famous. As of 13 November 2006 they have released 22 singles, 24 albums and 8 DVDs. Perhaps their most famous song is "Nada Sōsō", a collaboration between Begin and Ryōko Moriyama. Begin has had at least one song appear on the NHK program Minna no Uta. They are also the performers of the "Ichariba Ohana" and "Izayoi Yoi", the opening and first ending themes of the Disney-produced anime series Stitch!.

Selected songs[edit]

  • "Blue Snow" (1990)
  • "Koishikute" (恋しくて?, 1990)
  • "Sora ni hoshi ga aru yōni" (空に星があるように?, 1997, 2000)
  • "Nada Sōsō" (涙そうそう?, 2000)
  • "Akari" (灯り?, 2001)
  • "Shimanchu nu Takara" (島人ぬ宝?, 2002)
  • "Sanshin no hana" (三線の花?, 2006)
  • "Egao no manma" (笑顔のまんま?, 2009)

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

# Release Date[1] Title Highest Oricon chart rank Comments
1st 1990-3-21 Koishikute (恋しくて) 4th
2nd 1990-12-01 Blue Snow 25th
3rd 1991-11-10 YOU / Kore ga Hajimari Dakara (YOU/これがはじまりだから) 82nd
4th 1992-10-25 Afureru Namida (あふれる涙)
5th 1993-2-25 Sayonara, Soshite Arigatou (さよなら、そしてありがとう)
6th 1993-7-25 Dareka ga Kimi wo Yobu Koe ga (誰かが君を呼ぶ声が)
7th 1993-11-01 Hana-mochi Hito (花待ち人)
8th 1994-7-25 OKINAWAN SHOUT
9th 1995-3-25 Kimi dake wo Tsurete (君だけをつれて)
10th 1996-7-06 Koe no Omamori kudasai (声のおまもりください) 36th
11th 1997-5-21 Birthday Song
12th 1997-9-03 Sora ni Hoshi ga Aru you ni (空に星があるように)
13th 1997-11-21 Ai ga Hashiru (愛が走る)
14th 1998-3-21 Uchi e Kaerou (家へ帰ろう)
15th 1998-6-24 Mirai no Kimi e (未来の君へ)
16th 1998-8-12 Bouhatei de Mita Keshiki (防波堤で見た景色) 99th
17th 1999-10-21 Ai wo Sutenaide (愛を捨てないで)
18th 2000-3-23 Nada Sousou (涙そうそう) 159th First maxi single
19th 2000-5-31 Sora ni Hoshi ga Aru you ni (空に星があるように) 47th Re-released as maxi single
20th 2000-10-18 Kaze yo (風よ)
21st 2001-10-24 Akari (灯り)
22nd 2002-2-27 BOTORU Nihon to CHOKOREETO (ボトル二本とチョコレート)
23rd 2002-5-22 Shimanchu nu Takara (島人ぬ宝) 47th
24th 2002-6-26 Nada Sousou / Shimanchu nu Takara (涙そうそう/島人ぬ宝) Casette Tape
25th 2003-2-20 OJII Jiman no ORIONBIIRU (オジー自慢のオリオンビール) Maxi single, limited Okinawa only release
26th 2003-6-18 Sono Toki Umareta Mono (その時生まれたもの) 38th
27th 2004-2-25 Itsumademo / YUGAFU-jima (いつまでも/ユガフ島) 49th
28th 2004-8-11 Chikai (誓い) 37th
29th 2004-12-16 Kimi wo Miteiru (君を見ている) 98th
30th 2006-10-25 Sanshin no Hana (三線の花/東京) 20th
31st 2007-2-07 MIIFAIYUU (ミーファイユー) 75th
32nd 2007-7-25 Koko kara Mirai e (ここから未来へ) 115th
33rd 2008-6-28 Bokura no Kono Subarashiki Sekai (僕らのこの素晴らしき世界) 99th
34th 2008-10-22 ICHARIBAO HANA (イチャリバオハナ) 112th
35th 2009-1-07 Egai no Manma (笑顔のまんま) 12th
36th 2012-9-07 Kokudou 508 Gousen (国道508号線) 72th maxi single limited to Okinawa release
37th 2013-3-20 Haru ni GONDORA (春にゴンドラ)

Album[edit]

# Release date Title Highest Oricon chart rank Comments
1st 1990-6-23 Ongaku Ryodan (音楽旅団) 7th
2nd 1991-3-27 GLIDER
3rd 1991-11-21 Dokoka de Yume ga Kuchibue wo Fuku Yoru (どこかで夢が口笛を吹く夜) 27th
4th 1992-12-02 THE ROOTS 74th
5th 1993-9-22 MY HOME TOWN
6th 1994-9-01 Chhaban Night
7th 1995-3-25 FAN -LITTLE PIECES- First best-of album
8th 1995-10-25 USED First self-produced album
9th 1996-10-23 CM COMPILATION Twelve Steps 46th Best-of album
10th 1997-6-21 Ongaku Ryodan II (音楽旅団II)
11th 1998-6-24 Tokyo Ocean
12th 1999-3-25 BALLADS Best-of ballad selection album
13th 2000-7-21 BEGIN no Shimauta ~OMOTO TAKEO ~ (ビギンの島唄 〜オモトタケオ〜) 97th First best-of compilation of Shimauta songs
14th 2000-9-21 BEGIN 10th anniversary commemorative album
15th 2001-2-21 BEGIN BEST 1990-2000 52nd Best-of album
16th 2002-3-21 MUSIC FROM B.Y.G Live music recorded at B.Y.G. Live house
17th 2002-7-03 BEGIN no Shimauta ~OMOTO TAKEO 2~ (ビギンの島唄 〜オモトタケオ2〜) 33th 2nd best-of shimauta album
18th 2003-7-24 BEGIN no Ichigo Ichie (ビギンの一五一会) 7th Self cover album
19th 2003-8-21 BEGIN no Ichigo Ichie 58 Drive (ビギンの一五一会 58ドライブ) 50th Cover album of classic Japanese music
20th 2003-9-25 BEGIN no Ichigo Ichie Drive in Starter (ビギンの一五一会 ドライブインシアター) 70th Cover album of Western music
21st 2004-7-14 Ocean Line 12th 15th anniversary commemorative album
22nd 2004-7-14 Reef Line 91st
23rd 2005-2-23 BEGIN Single Daizenshuu (BEGIN シングル大全集) 5th 15th anniversary best-of album
24th 2005-2-23 Forest Green 243
25th 2007-3-07 OKINAWAN FULL ORCHESTRA (オキナワン フール オーケストラ) 39th
26th 2008-3-26 BEGIN Live Daizenshuu (BEGIN ライブ大全集) 49th
27th 2008-7-23 BEGIN no Ichigo Ichie 2 (ビギンの一五一会2) 55th
28th 2009-8-05 3LDK 33th
29th 2010-9-08 BEGIN no Shimauta ~OMOTO TAKEO 3~ (ビギンの島唄 〜オモトタケオ3〜) 25th Third shimauta album
30th 2011-2-16 BEGIN Single Daizenshuu Tokubetsukan (BEGINシングル大全集 特別盤) 33位 20th anniversary best-of album
31st 2011-7-20 BEGIN no Shimauta OMOTO TAKEO no ga Best (ビギンの島唄 オモトタケオのがベスト) 40th
32nd 2012-10-24 Tropical Blues (トロピカルフーズ) 54th

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BEGIN Discography". BEGIN Official Site. Amuse Inc. Retrieved 9 February 2016. 

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