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Published on Mar 13, 2010
New Zealand's Hayley Westenra performs a rare English language version of one of my all-time sentimental folk favorites Nada Sou Sou ("Tears Flowing Endlessly" in the Okinawan dialect). It was performed at the 2009 World Games in Taiwan.
Although there are several versions of this video, none were in high-definition (HD). Also, the acoustics of the stadium was too hollow and detracted from the overall quality, so I enhanced the audio.
Nada Sou Sou was written by the Okinawan band BEGIN with lyrics by Japanese folk singer Ryoko Moriyama. The song inspired a hit movie of the same name in 2006. Okinawan singer Rimi Natsukawa's rendition gained overwhelming popularity throughout Japan and was subsequently used as the theme song for the movie.
Nada Sou Sou is included in Hayley Westenra's 2008 album Hayley Sings Japanese Songs. She is perhaps most widely known as a member of the recording sensation Celtic Woman from 2006-2007.