OKI is leading the OKI DUB AINU BAND around Japan as part of the -Revolution Year 1 Tour 2012-. Coinciding around the first anniversary of the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster and the fears of nuclear radiation that followed, the theme of the tour as seen by the merchandise is "No Nukes":
(all images from OKI DUB AINU BAND's facebook page)
OKI has been active speaking out (including on twitter) against the use of nuclear power in Japan, and particularly against the Tomari nuclear power plant in Hokkaido - as seen in this report from the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum, Tomari is home to one of the only two nuclear reactors currently remaining in operation. Indeed, soon following the disaster last year, OKI DUB AINU BAND released the following song and video in collaboration with Rankin Taxi:
Though they will be playing at an additional separate event in Shibuya on March 15, the -Revolution Year 1 Tour 2012- will draw down to a close tonight, March 14 (Wed) with a final event in Toyohashi, Aichi Prefecture. However, March 14 also marks the date that OKI's newest album goes on sale:
The new album, entitled "OKI meets Misako Oshiro: Kita to Minami (North and South)," is a collaborative effort bringing together and fusing the sounds of Ainu and Okinawan music. The CD will be released by Tuff Beats, and you can check out their page for further details (in Japanese only) as well as to listen to some sample clips from the album.
If you are interested in obtaining the new CD or any of OKI's "No Nukes" merchandise, please contact AINU PRIDE PRODUCTIONS.