Oki (musician)

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Oki Ainu Dub Band at tff.Rudolstadt 2007.jpg
Oki performing with the Oki Dub Ainu Band
Background information
Birth name Oki Kano (加納 沖 Kanō Oki?)
Born 1957
Origin Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Genres Ainu, Dub, Reggae, Rock, Afrobeat
Instruments Tonkori
Years active 1999–present
Associated acts Umeko Ando

Oki Kano (加納 沖 Kanō Oki?), known professionally as OKI, is an Ainu Japanese musician, from Kanagawa Prefecture. He studied industrial arts at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. His father, Bikki Sunazawa, was a renowned wood sculptor. Oki uses the tonkori, an Ainu stringed instrument, in his performances and mixes traditional Ainu music with reggae, dub and other styles of world music. He also plays guitar and traditional Ainu percussion instruments.

Oki performs frequently in Japan, and he has also taken part in a number of folk music festivals in other countries. In 2006, he released the album Kíla & Oki with the Irish band, Kíla. His earlier solo albums include collaborations with the female Ainu singing group Marewrew, who sometimes appear in his live show as well. More recently, he has played with his own Oki Dub Ainu Band, which plays mostly traditional Ainu songs in an electric style which mixes dub rhythms with tonkori playing. During live concerts, he either plays with the Dub Ainu Band or as a solo acoustic act, singing and playing the tonkori.


Albums, singles
  • Hankapuy (feat. Umeko Ando) March 20, 1999
  • Kamuy Kor Nupurpe May 27, 2001
  • No-One'S Land June 2, 2002
  • Dub Ainu October 17, 2004
  • Tonkori May 12, 2005
  • "Tóg É Go Bog É" (Single) February 17, 2006 (Kíla and OKI)
  • Kuma Shutsubotsu (熊出没?), Greatest hits - February 17, 2006
  • Dub Ainu Deluxe July 16, 2006
  • Oki Dub Ainu Band December 3, 2006
  • "Eternal Dub Serenade" May 30, 2007
  • Sakhalin Rock July 14, 2010
  • Himalayan Dub April 16, 2011
  • IHUNKE - Umeko Ando - May 20, 2001
  • UPOPO SANKE - Umeko Ando - December 14, 2003
  • Kita to Minami (北と南?, "North & South") - OKI meets Misako Oshiro - March 14, 2012
Picture book
  • Kanna Kamui to Musume (カンナカムイと娘?)
    • Story - Ito Oda (小田イト?), Illustrations - OKI

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