On Saturday 30th, August 2014 the Embassy of Japan in Malawi in collaboration with the Japan Foundation hosted a Japanese traditional musical performance at the Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe. The performers who traveled from Japan were Kenichi Koizumi (Wadaiko or Japanese drum) ; Naomi Koizumi, (Shinobue or Japanese flute) and KEIKO (drum and dance). At the end of the main performance, there was also a short collaborative session with a local Malawian band where the muscians from two countries celebrated the 50th anniversary of Japan-Malawi friendnship through their joint performance.
Kenichi Koizumi playing Okedo Taiko
Naomi Koizumi playing 'Yoakemae', a piece that conveys the image of deep blue predawn darkness
KEIKO dancing to the rhythm of drum and flute
Combined performance on various drums, coveying the image of thunder
The trio performing a piece that features Hachijo drum.
Keinchi playing a piece called 'Shin (Core)' expressing the process in which one's concentration becomes enhanced through the playing of Japanese drum
Kenichi explaining about the difference kinds of drums that he brought from Japan
Naomi introducing to the audience various sounds that different Japanese flutes can make
The Japanese trio playing in collaboration with a local Malawian band
(Music Crossroads Smooth Groovers Band)
The local Malawian band practiced a Japanese song called Sakura-Sakura.
The Japanese trio also learned a song composed by the Malawian band as well as the Malawian national anthem.
In total, they played three songs together.
At the end of performance
A bond of frindship formed through muscial exchange
Ambassador Shuichiro Nishioka answering to the media interviews after the performance
The same Japanese trio visited Music Crossroads Academy in Area 23 on the following day where they held a workshop style concert for the students of the academy as well as to the community surrounding the academy. The Japanese musicians enjoyed the occasion to interact with Malawian youth at the academy. The participants of the workshop learned about different instruments brought from Japan. Furthermore, the participants also had a chance to learn and tryJapanese folk dance. The Music Crossroads Smooth Groovers band (its members are teachers of the academy) again performed in collaboration with the Japanese trio during the workshop. Through two days of artistic interaction, the Japanese musicians and the Malawian band formed a bond of friendship.
Kenichi playing Okedo Taiko
Naomi explaining the structure of Shinobue
KEIKO playing Hachijo Taiko
Performing in collaboration with the Smooth Groovers Band
KEIKO teaching the basic movement of Tokyo-Ondo, a Japanese folk dance
KEIKO dancing together with the audience
Part of the participants at the workshop