Japanese 10-piece ensemble Minyo Crusaders performed at Le Guess Who? 2019, following the release of their debut album ‘Echoes of Japan’, at one of the festival main stages: TivoliVredenburg's Grote Zaal. It became a life-affirming and glorious performance that you can now relive thanks to MusicMap, who premiere the audio recordings of the full show, and a video of the group performing 'Mamurogawa Ondo' and 'Aizu Bandaisan' at the festival.
Minyo Crusaders breathe new life into traditional Japanese folk songs (‘minyo’) by merging them with Latin, African and Caribbean rhythms and flourishes of exotica. By doing so, the 10-piece band creates some of the most infectious, fresh sounding cross-continental roots music in years, proficient in both punchy melodies and inventive arrangements.
Watch the video below or via MusicMap, where you can also stream the audio of the full performance. Listen + watch more Le Guess Who? recordings via our archive.
Captured on Saturday, 9 November 2019, at TivoliVredenburg's Grote Zaal during Le Guess Who? 2019.
Video direction: Nick Helderman.
Camera: Wim Adam, Milan van Dril, Roy Jamhouri, Hugo Jouxtel, Tim van der Voort.
Sound recording and mix by Marc Broer & Martijn van Waveren.
Photography by Jorah Sarah.