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Music team amazes students

By RINU SHYYAM The Embassy of Japan and the Japan Foundation yesterday hosted a special cultural event at Adi Cakaubau School (ACS) in Sawani, Nausori. The event saw performances by
04 Oct 2012 08:00

By RINU SHYYAM

The Embassy of Japan and the Japan Foundation yesterday hosted a special cultural event at Adi Cakaubau School (ACS) in Sawani, Nausori.
The event saw performances by the Wadaiko Rindo group on Japanese drumming and shamsien (traditional music art) performances.
The team consisted of two drummers Toshinori Sakamoto and Ami Akimoto and one Tsugaru Jamsien (traditional Japanese musical instrument) player, Noriko Tadano.
They had arrived in Fiji on Monday and gave an amazing performance at ACS yesterday.
The students were thrilled to watch the powerful drumming and soulful shamsien as the team played several pieces.
The drummers also had a brief taiko (drumming) lesson in which the students participated.
Embassy spokesperson Mele Raturaga said the Japanese taiko or wadaiko drumming has been done since very ancient times as sacred ceremonial instruments.
“It has evolved into the main instruments for festive music or for story play and also is an independent established style of art.”
Ms Raturaga said this was part of a cultural exchange programme where more of Fiji’s people can learn about the Japanese culture.
The team will perform at the University of the South Pacific’s (USP’s) multipurpose theatre at 6.30 pm today.




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