Afro-Japanese fusion music puzzles traditionalists


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I see a regular drum set and what looks to be a bass guitar. Could they say Afro-Rock fusion from Japan? Or Afro-Jazz fusion from Japan?

It is not Afro -Japanese fusion if it is not Japanese music. Which is played on biwa, shamisen, sanshin, taiko, koto, shakuhachi, etc.

I try to make this point because (unfortunately) Japanese music is given very short-shrift here in Japan. A Japanese person singing it doesn't make it Japanese music. If they want to say "~(Japanese) Music", it has to be a kind of music.

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You can hear the music from the picture, can you Lowly-san?

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Not sure what you're trying to say. Sure, it could be Japanese scales and Japanese modes played on a Bass and Western drum set. Or it could be Enka. Touche'.

But my guess is it is Western scales and Western song structure of some sort, Jazz, Rock (or its cousin "pop") in which case it is not Japanese music. My point isn't to put them dn at all. But that Japanese music actually exists and is ignored, and then even erased by calling something "Japanese music" when it is not.

Let's enjoying Japanese music more.

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"He often sings in the dialect of his native island of Kyushu in southern Japan to “stay connected with my roots”.

I'm glad he understands how important this is because traditional African music is about staying connected with ones roots.

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