5月2日掲載 「Zimbo JAM」
4月29日のGLOBAL STAGE のライブの反響を ネットワークメディアに大きく取り上げていただ きました。
「日本から愛をこめて」という当方が 目指した音楽交流のコンセプトが実現し伝わった ことを報じ、
Japanese musician Juri Kido, also known as DJ Juri, will perform at this year’s Hifa sponsored by the Japanese Embassy in Harare.
BY TATIRA ZWINOIRA
She is a respected female DJ/producer in Japan who is known as the creator of the original percussive tribal electro sound called Taiko Dub.
“When I was in Grade Three while playing kendo (a style of Japanese martial arts), I unconsciously heard the sound of the Japanese drum and got the idea of Taiko Dub. Instead of using the kendo stick on my opponent, I started using it on the floor to come up with musical beats,” DJ Juri said.
When she completed high school, she moved to Tokyo where she met a dancer who introduced her to a club where she heard ’70s style music incorporating a lot of percussive beats, which gave her the idea of Taiko Dub.
“Anytime I listen to any kind of drum it inspires me to come up with musical ideas,” DJ Juri said.
For her stage performance, she plays Taiko (Japanese drum) herself and creates the live tribal beats which effectively enhance the music she produces.
DJ Juri has previously worked with various talented artistes, including a famous Japanese rapper known as Dabo on a track titled Tongking Tribe and is currently signed to a record label called Fo Records.
“I am not a traditional Japanese drummer. People can expect a mixture of tribal and traditional music from me,” DJ Juri said. Another artiste, Yano Iyco, known as Iyco — whose style of music is a fusion of African and Japanese music citing Chiwoniso Maraire as a musical influence — will also perform at Hifa.
She began singing solo in 2009 and released an album called UTA the following year with the single titled Himawari used at the end of ABC’s television show Street Fighters in 2011.
In 2013, she released her second album titled Moyo and formed her band Iyco and Kakafurha.
Iyco gives her albums Shona names as she wants her fans to know more about her dedication to singing Japanese music fused with an African traditional style. They will be performing today at 5pm at the Lay’s Global Stage and on Thursday at 1pm at the First Street Stage.
Iyco and Kakafuraha Interview and Performance at Star-FM Radio 27 April, 2015
MOX: Its going down, its going down, Hifa 2015 Articulate and Star-FM is the official broadcasting partner for Hifa since 2012. In the studio, I have Iyco and Kakafuraha from Japan, Osaka and they gonna be performing live, here we go
First Song ” African Cichlidae” is played
MOX: it’s going down, it’s going down. So you are listening to Iyco and Kakafuraha from Japan. Osaka and waal, I was expecting a lot of strings and a lot of ahh..i don’t know, a lot of original Oriental…but I have Adam in the studio who will help me with a lot interpretation.
MOX: Adam how are you?
ADAM: Good thank you
MOX: I am alright man, good to have you in the studio and what instrument do you play.
MOX: You’re not going to play any instrument today
MOX: Ohh okay. So tell us men (about Iyco & Kakafuraha). This is a fusion of Japanese and African folk music. When did this idea come up?
IYCO(ADAM’s translation): At first I really love Africa. I have loved Africa since my childhood through books around me with African themes in picture books and I also loved things I heard about Africa.
MOX: Great, great, okay. I wanna know if this is their first time performing overseas?
ADAM: (After asking Iyco) Yes its their first time.
MOX: Please use that mic over there, I want everyone to hear the Japanese as well. Today I have some Japanese guests in the studio. So tell me, have you done and recordings so far, you know, like albums.
IYCO (ADAM’s translation): I have two albums to date
MOX: Ohh two albums..how well did they do?
IYCO (ADAM’s translation): Yes they are doing very well
MOX: Waal, its fantastic. What would you like to get out of Hifa experience?
IYCO (ADAM’s translation): I wanna dance and sing together with all the people at Hifa and Zimbabwean people and come together through music at Hifa.
MOX: Waal, waal. How do you like Zimbabwe so far?
IYCO (ADAM’s translation): I love it so much! (Laughs passionately)
MOX: Should we look forward to some collaborations with Zimbabwean artists.
IYCO (ADAM’s translation): During Hifa there is a group called Jenaguru Junior and we will do two songs with Jenaguru Junior.
MOX: Waal. That’s gonna be big, yaah they are local and they have been doing things for years. How do you perform African folk music seeing that you are all Japanese?
IYCO (ADAM’s translation): I think the most spectacular is when the African people do their own
music but I reproduced that essence in my music. That makes me very happy. I would love to bring my own background into my Japanese influence and background and also mix with African music that I love so much and make me own original form that people of Japan and people from across the world can listen to both Japanese influence and African influence and listen to both.
MOX: Okay…2011…tell us about Himawari?
IYCO (ADAM’s translation): It’s a song about a person I know in Japan whose mother died and the song is about the passing of his mother.
MOX: Okay…and that was used for ending credits of Street Fighter?
IYCO (ADAM’s translation): Yes…theme for the television show in Japan
MOX: Ooh that’s beautiful. That’s amazing. So what would you want to tell everyone who is looking forward to coming to Hifa and is thinking huuu!! I need to go watch Iyco and Kakafuraha?
IYCO (ADAM’s translation): I just want everybody to come together and have fun and have a great time time listen to our music at Hifa.
MOX: Okay. Great. Thank you so much for coming through Iyco and Kakafuraha. When is your first performance?
IYCO (ADAM’s translation): So the first performance at Hifa is tomorrow at eleven o’clock
In the morning
MOX: Eleven o’clock in the morning?
IYCO (ADAM’s translation): At the Green Stage
MOX: Ooh well, fantastic. How do say goodbye in Japanese?
ADAM: Casually you can say jaane. If you wanna say goodbye for a longtime you say sayonara.
MOX: Could everybody say sayonara?
ADAM: 1-2-3 …all sayonara!!
MOX: Great stuff. Iyco and Kakafuraha in the studio. Live and what a great performance. I’m so looking forward but I will be in Bulawayo as well and so I am going to see them on the first. Its gonna be great. Bulawayo, big things are coming. Iyco and Kakafuraha are performing at Hifa 2015 Articulate.
MOX: So we gonna be having a second performance from Iyco and Kakafuraha. I just thought, you know what? That would be awesome…lets do that, how about that? If they are ready anytime we gonna be doing this. This is Iyco and Kakafuraha . They are from Osaka, Japan. A fusion of African folk and Japanese music. This is great, take it away.
Second Song “Te-wo-tsunaide” is played
MOX: Ooh my gosh!!! And then you finished off with Shona. Waal, that is beautiful, that is beautiful. MOX reads whatsapp messages on line responses from listeners
MOX: I am enjoying Japanese music especially the last part which says “iwe neni ngatibatane, ahh Mox did I hear ngatibatanei?” This is Sydney in Bulawayo…Yes!! That is exactly what you heard and you know what? Forget what..i asked..you know what, how will you perform in Japanese in African music when you are Japanese. No that’s amazing and everybody heard that. Yeah..aahh, if you heard that just say that “iwe neni ngatibatanei-lets unite-come on, come through!-Africa is not for onebody, it’s for all body.
KVG, KVG is in the studio, literally, oohh you have to come to the other mic coz…
KVG: to the other mic? Alright. Hie DJ Mox
MOX: I am good. You enjoyed that?
KVG: I really enjoyed..everyone outside is talking about this song, they really, really loved it. Oohh my word, I am going to Hifa, Hifa, Hifa…Yes!!
MOX: Waal “ iwe neni ngatibatanei..this is M.I from Blues (Bulawayo) waal I am enjoying the Japanese song.
MOX: to Iyco Could you do just once more to take us to the news
IYCO sings: “Iwe neni ngatibatanei….”
MOX: KVG can you join in..i know you are a good singer..come on..
KVG: sings ‘iwe neni ngatibatanei helelelelele” Yes Yes Yes!!!
MOX: Oohh my gosh! I really love it guys. Thank you so much. That’s Iyco and Kakafuraha from Osaka, Japan finishing off in style, sterling finish righ there. Thank you so much guys. Really looking forward to that. So yah, big shout out to everyone listening.. these guys are so good. Thank you
Mox reads another whatsapp message from a listener
MOX: Ruvimbo says “ Iwe neni ngatibatabanei” Yes , I repeat..Africa is not for one body, its for all body.
Iwe neni ngatibatanei ♪
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