Minyo Crusaders @ Jazz Cafe

The Guardian: “Delightfully quirky album of folk songs reimagined from Afrobeat to reggae”
The Observer: “The focus is on great grooves and fine playing. A band to seek out.”
The Times: “Minyo Crusaders sound like nothing else lurking on your Spotify playlist”
Gilles Peterson: “Fascinating… love this. Thoroughly recommended”

Debut UK live performance from Japan’s Minyo Crusaders – a big band like no other who combine distinctive min’yō vocals with grooves that join the dots between cumbia, Ethiopian jazz, Thai pop, Afro funk and reggae.

The ten-piece who hail from Fussa, western Tokyo, will be playing tracks from their debut album “Echoes of Japan”. Released to acclaim earlier this year via UK label Mais Um, the album had critics spellbound by the band’s unique reworking of historic Japanese folk songs (min’yō) with Latin, African, Caribbean and Asian rhythms.

“For Japanese people, min’yō is both the closest, and most distant, folk music,” explains band-leader Katsumi Tanaka: “We may not feel it in our daily, urban lives, yet the melodies, the style of singing and the rhythm of the taiko drums are engrained in our DNA.”

Date: 11 November 2019, 7:00pm
Venue: Jazz Café, 5 Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1 7PG

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