The Yaeyama Shima Uta (island song) traditional music from the Okinawan Islands are coupled with a diverse selection of influences by sanshin (three-stringed lute) player and vocalist Tetsuhiro Daiku. His 1993 debut record, Yunta and Jiraba, highlighted Japanese jazz saxophonist Kazutoki Umezu and drummer Samm Bennett, while his following recordings have continuing to mix Okinawan and Japanese customs with jazz improvisation. Rootsworld defined Daiku’s music being a “wonderful mixture of attitude and imagination,” while, www.summit-okinawa.gr.jp claimed that he previously “created a groundbreaking audio.” Nakagawa Takashi of Japanese rock and roll group Soul Rose Union, proclaimed Daiku “one of the better performers in the globe.” Blessed on Ishigaki Isle, southwest of the primary Okinawan Isle, Daiku transferred to Naha, a interface city on the primary island, at age 19. Contending in folk music tournaments, he gained many awards for his sanshin and fue (Okinawan flute) playing. After finding a teaching permit, he opened up the to begin three sanshin academic institutions. Furthermore to recording being a soloist, and along with his music group the Tsundalers, Daiku provides created albums for Okinawan performers including Konees, an organization offering his wife, Naoki, and three of his learners.