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Minyo Crusaders sing a song from every corner of Japan

Music Aug 30, 2018

Minyo Crusaders sing a song from every corner of Japan

by Alex Martin

A muffled bass line is soon matched by Katsumi Tanaka's staccato electric guitar riff loosely emulating a shamisen. Congas and timbales start grooving in the rhythm of cumbia before the horn section dives in, setting the stage for Fredy Tsukamoto to belt out a ...

Quebecoise shines as 'minyo' singer

Our Lives | TELLING LIVES Sep 30, 2014

Quebecoise shines as 'minyo' singer

by Magdalena Osumi

Learning to play the three-stringed Japanese traditional instrument shamisen topped Canadian Maud Archambault's list of things to do while in Japan. She arrived here in 2001 to explore one of her fields of study: Japanese culture. Fast forward to today, where she is recognized as ...

After decades in the music biz, Kinjo goes solo

Music Aug 21, 2013

After decades in the music biz, Kinjo goes solo

by John Potter

Okinawa is known for its climate, beaches and distinct culture, but its real hidden treasures are its female vocalists. Keiko Kinjo is one such treasure. It's hard to stand out in such a crowded field, but she has been active for many years, performing and ...