Saturday, July 07, 2007

Eh-hum # 178

This, I think anyway, is a pretty cool song:

Performed by the Japan-based band Monkey Majik. The band is fronted by two Canadian brothers, that's why its in English (although they have songs in Japanese as well). The tune is catchy, but what I like about it is that the track features the very cool shamisen-playing skills of the Yoshida Brothers.

Known in their native Japan as the Yoshida Kyoudai, the brothers are famous for their unique take on the traditional music style of Tsugaru-jamisen which originated in northern Japan. By combining the ancient three-chord shamisen with rock and other modern influences, the brothers produces amazing compositions that pays homage to the enduring elements of Japanese culture and the intensity of present-day music. Plus, whenever they perform, the brothers are (almost) always clad in traditional Japanese kimono and hakama pants.

Here's a music video of the brothers' "Rising". Enjoy!

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