With her retirement from music looming just a few weeks away, Japanese superstar Namie Amuro announced that she will make her final onstage appearance at a festival in her native Okinawa on the day before she officially calls it quits.
The festival, called WE ♥ NAMIE HANABI SHOW Zenyasai: I ♥ OKINAWA / I ♥ MUSIC will take place Sept. 16 at the Okinawa Convention Center Exhibition Hall in the city of Ginowan, Okinawa. The announced lineup features Amuro along with fellow Okinawan acts BEGIN and MONGOL800, as well as singer Ken Hirai, who will gather to celebrate the iconic R&B songstress’ career and new chapter in life.
Although this festival is entitled “zenyasai” — meaning, a celebration held on the eve of another event — Amuro is not set to perform or make an appearance during the massive fireworks display scheduled on the day of her retirement.
No live DVDs of the festival will be released.
“May music fill your wonderful life” was Amuro’s message to her fans during her final, record-breaking dome tour, and she intends to make her last show a joyous day to remember.
She commented in a statement that she’s “honored to stand on the same stage in Okinawa with such wonderful artists,” and that she intends to “do her best” to make the festival a memorable celebration of music.