民謡クルセイダーズ/minyo crusaders
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MINYO
CRUSADERS

民謡クルセイダーズ/about minyo crusaders
Yoi Yoi!
 
Yōkosoようこそ (welcome)
 
We are Minyo Crusaders!
 
We sing historic Japanese folk songs (min'yō) with Latin, African, Caribbean and Asian rhythms.
 
Originally sung hundreds of years ago by working-class Japanese people such as fishermen, coal miners and sumo wrestlers[HA1] , these min'yō songs are now forgotten in Japan – yet we want to make them popular again.
 
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民謡クルセイダーズ/minyo crusaders biography

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.
民謡クルセイダーズ/minyo crusaders discography

DISCOGRAPHY

民謡クルセイダーズ/Minyo Crusaders/民謡クンビエロ/minyo cumbiero"From Tokyo to Bogota"

MINYO CUMBIERO 「FROM TOKYO TO BOGOTA」

2020 P-VINE RECORDS (JP)

2020 MAIS UM (UK)

民謡クルセイダーズ/Minyo Crusaders/"Echoes of Japan"

ECHOES OF JAPAN

2017 P-VINE RECORDS (JP)

2019 MAIS UM DISCOS (UK)

民謡クルセイダーズ/Minyo Crusaders"炭坑節/Tanko Bushi"

TANKO BUSHI + CLAP! CLAP! REMIX

2018 P-VINE RECORDS (JP)

民謡クルセイダーズ/Minyo Crusaders"DEMO CD"

IT DON'T MINYO A THING (IF IT AIN'T GOT THAT BU-SHI)

2016 DEMO CD

民謡クルセイダーズ/MInyo Crusaders"串本節/Kushimoto Bushi"(廃盤)

KUSHIMOTO BUSHI

2015 EAT RECORDS (JP)

民謡クルセイダーズ参加/Minyo Crusaders"元唄〜元ちとせ 奄美シマ唄集〜"

HONEN BUSHI (CHITOSE HAJIME FEATURING MINYO CRUSADERS) + DORIAN CONCEPT REMIX

2019 AUGUSTA RECORDS/UNIVERSAL MUSIC

民謡クルセイダーズ参加/Minyo Crusaders"都はるみを好きになった人"

ARA MITETANONENE

2020 NIPPON COLUMBIA (JP)

民謡クルセイダーズ参加/Minyo Crusaders"nova(Various)"

NOVA AUTOUR DU MONDE

2019 NOVA RECORDS (FR)

民謡クルセイダーズ参加/Minyo Crusaders"RELAXIN'(Various)"

"RELAXIN' WITH JAPANESE LOVERS VOLUME 7”

2018 SMAR (JP)

 
 
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VIDEOS

民謡クルセイダーズ/minyo crusaders videoa
Tiny Desk (Home) Concert (2021)
Live at Le Guess Who? (2019)
Minyo Crusaders - Tanko Bushi.  A Take Away Show for
La Blogothèque. Images/mix by Vincent Moon, audio by Priscilla Telmon (2019)
Live at Helios, Japan. Broadcast by WorldwideFM (2020)
Frente Cumbiero + Minyo Crusaders present Minyo Cumbiero - Cumbia del Monte Fuji (promo video) 2019
Minyo Crusaders - Tanko Bushi (promo video) 2019
 
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