1/30/12 - As of today all my MF links are gone. I have no mirrors to replace them with. Perhaps when times are safer, the collection may return....
The Yoshida Brothers
Ryoichiro Yoshida: born 1977
Kenichi Yoshida: born 1979
The Yoshida Brothers were born and bred in Noboribetsu, Hokkaido. Each picked up the shamisen at the tender age of five, and began studying Tsugaru shamisen under Takashi Sasaki I in 1990. After sweeping prizes at national Tsugaru shamisen conventions, the brothers made their major debut in 1999. The debut album sold over 100,000 copies, which is an extraordinary figure for a traditional folk music release.
They won the "Traditional Japanese Music Album Of The Year" category of the 15th annual Japan Gold Disc Award, as well as the "30th Anniversary Of Normalization Of Japan-China Diplomatic Relations Commemorative Special Prize" of the 17th Annual Japan Gold Disc Award.
In 2002, the brothers went on their first national tour entitled "Live Soul" performing in 30 cities. The following year, they made their US debut with album Yoshida Brothers from Domo Records and performed in New York and Los Angeles.
International release followed in Korea in 2004 where they had performed their first concert in Seoul in addition to the domestic tour that included 28 cities. In the meantime, they released their second US album, YOSHIDA BROTHERS II, and went on a US promotional tour, visiting seven cities. It was a year of significant breakthrough, with participations in other various projects such as an international exchange event in Sweden and a TV commercial in Japan.
In 2005, the brothers recorded an album in Los Angeles, followed by a West Coast tour and a concert in Hawaii. In 2006, they toured the US, Spain, and Hong Kong. In Hong Kong they released their very first greatest hits album in their career, and marked favorable sales. Domestically, they launched a shamisen-only national tour. And in 2007, their music created buzz in the US as their music was used in the TV commercial of Nintendo's Wii. The end of that year, the brothers record their much-anticipated album in U.S. that is yet to be released.
In 2008, they released album "Best of Yoshida Brothers" and toured in US and Canada.
As one of the artistic groups whose scope of activities go way beyond that of traditional Japanese music, the Yoshida Brothers continue to take not only Japan but also US, Europe, and Asia their stage. Their future activities are all the more looked forward to.
Ibuki - 1999 (FIXED)
Move - 2000
Yoshida Brothers - 2003 - (aka Soulful 2002)
Yoshida Brothers II - 2004 - (aka Frontier - 2003)
Yoshida Brothers III - 2006
Hishou - 2007
The Best of Yoshida Brothers - Tsugaru Shamisen - 2008
Prism - 2009 (RIP AND LINK COURTESY OF - [Hidden link. Register to see links.])
^ If you find any of this to sound a bit familiar, here is some info about this album. [Hidden link. Register to see links.]
Flash music videos for Kodo, Nikata, and Rising downloaded from the DOMO site I packaged all 3 in a 20mb rar.
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^ Their song on the Wii commercials - Kodo (Inside the Sun Remix) - Yoshida Brothers II
"Nabbed" - Yoshida Brothers - This is their rendition for the Nightmare Revisited cd (2008) a cd of various artists performing songs from the Nightmare Before Christmas. This is the best song on that cd imo. It is made of awesome. [song only]
DAISHI DANCE - Spectacle. (2009) This is an album of low key dance tracks from DAISHI DANCE featuring various artists.
01 intro ～ Go To Trip!
02 Memory feat. Mika Nakashima
03 FOREVER FRIENDS feat. COLDFEET & arvin homa aya
04 Spectacle. feat. Chieko Kinbara
05 Beautiful This Earth (EXTENDED PIANO mix) feat. 麻衣
06 Renovation. feat. 吉田兄弟 Inoue Akira & 井上鑑 Yoshida Brothers
07 SUNSET IN THE LAKE feat. Yoshiki of 姫神 God's Princess
09 Journey To The Sky feat. Oh Jieun
10 Find My Way feat. blanc.
11 Travel in Nature feat. LITTLE CAROL & Gocoo
12 There is a light feat. KAT
Monkey Majik + Yoshida Brothers - Change (2007) . I don't know who this group is. Only 3 songs though. To me they sound like a cross between The Smashing Pumpkins and Dave Matthews Band......
Have But Can Not Post.......
Renaissance - 2004
Rising [single] - 2005
Another Side of Yoshida Brothers - 2009 (RIP AND LINK COURTESY OF - [Hidden link. Register to see links.])
Missing Albums And Tracks
Hishe - 2007 (???)
Zenkoku Tour 2006 - Hisho Jikkyo Kanzen Rokuon Ban - 2007
Storm [single] - 2002