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MINYO

CRUSADERS

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かつて戦後間もない頃、偉大なる先達…東京キューバンボーイズや

ノーチェクバーナが大志を抱き試みた日本民謡とラテンリズムの融合を、21世紀に再び再生させる「民謡クルセイダーズ」。

東京西部、米軍横田基地のある街『福生』在住のギタリスト田中克海と民謡歌手フレディ塚本を中心に2011年ミュージシャンが集まった。

終戦以降米兵の居住エリアだった基地周辺に今もなお点在している築70年の米軍ハウスの一棟、通称「バナナハウス」をスタジオとして、セッションをスタート。

クンビア、ビギン、ブーガルー、カリプソ、アフロ、ルンバ、レゲエ、モーラムなど様々なダンスミュージックと、失われた音楽『日本民謡』との化学反応を試みつづけたバンドは、数回のメンバーチェンジを行いながら、1st Album『Echoes of Japan』を完成させ、国内外から高い評価を得ると共に「民謡」の存在を世界に知らしめた。

 
 
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Biography

“Minyo Crusaders played with such verve and good cheer that most of the Jazz Café was dancing by the first song… a concert quite like any other” ★★★★ The Times  

 

“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”. 

 

Initially indifferent to min'yō, a tragic event in recent Japanese history set Tanaka on his current path: “Following the Tohoku earthquake of 2011, I reflected on my life, work and identity. A fan of world music, I began searching for Japanese roots music I could identify with. Discovering mid-late 20th century acts Hibari Misora, Chiemi Eri and the Tokyo Cuban Boys, I was captivated by their eccentric arrangements and how they mixed min'yō with Latin and jazz.” Lead singer Freddie fell for min'yō after hearing a song from his hometown on a TV competition whilst in a restaurant. It was a revelation – until then he had been an aspiring jazz singer yet was uncomfortable singing in English. The restaurateur told him a min'yō teacher was his neighbour and the two connected. Tanaka and Freddie formed Minyo Crusaders in 2011 in Fussa, a city where the US military Yokota Air Base is located in western Tokyo. 

 

Recruiting other local musicians versed in Afro and Latin rhythms they began hosting jam sessions in the “Banana House”, a building that was previously part of the US military air base and that used to house US soldiers. Following various member changes the band recorded their debut album for P-Vine records in 2016. Released in 2017 it received huge acclaim in Japan and was picked up for an international release by Mais Um in 2019. A debut European tour followed that autumn 2019 that included festivals Trans Musicales, Le Guess Who, Oslo World Music and Überjazz, with shows following at WOMADelaide and WOMAD New Zealand in 2020.

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DISCOGRAPHY

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民謡クンビエロ

「FROM TOKYO TO BOGOTA」

2020年 P-VINE RECORDS(JP)

2020年 MAIS UM DISCOS(UK)

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「ECHOES OF JAPAN」

2017年 P-VINE RECORDS(JP)

2019年 MAIS UM DISCOS(UK)

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10inch Vinyl

「炭坑節 w CLAP!CLAP! remix」

2018年 P-VINE RECORDS(JP)

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DEMO-CD
「民謡しなけりゃ意味ないね」

​2016年 自主制作(JP)

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7inch Vinyl

「串本節」

2015年 EAT RECORDS(JP)

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『元唄(はじめうた) 〜元ちとせ 奄美シマ唄集〜』

「豊年節」収録

2018年ユニバーサル ミュージック(JP)

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都はるみトリビュート『都はるみを好きになった人』

「アラ見てたのね」収録

2020年日本コロムビア(JP)

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Nova Autour Du Monde

 Various (CD5) 「炭坑節」収録

2019年 Nova Records(FR)

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『RELAXIN’ WITH JAPANESE LOVERS VOLUME 7

〜IN THE MOOD FOR JAPANESE LOVERS COLLECTIONS〜』「おてもやん」収録

2018年 SMAR(JP)

 
 
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VIDEOS

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Tiny Desk (Home) Concerts / Tiny Desk meet global FEST2021
live at Le Guess Who? 2019
Minyo Crusaders - Tanko Bushi (炭坑節) | A Take Away Show
live at Helios, Japan 2020
Minyo Cumbiero - Cumbia del Monte Fuji
Minyo Crusaders - Tanko Bushi
 
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Freddy Tsukamoto(vo)

Meg(vo, pianica)

Katsumi Tanaka(g)

Moe(key)

Koichiro Osawa(sax)

Sono(timbales)

Mutsumi Kobayashi(bongos)

Irochi(congas)

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CONTACT

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