Germany – For years, taiko drumming
fans had not heard anything from Ondekoza after the death of the band’s
founder Tagayasu Den. Now the oldest and most famous taiko drumming
ensemble from Japan is back with a new line-up and new musical ideas.
The title of the new album is Kyoten Dochi (Tropical Music CD 68.841).
Since the early 90s the “devils on drums” have been famous for their
energetic shows. Ondekoza just came back from the Boston Marathon in the
United States, where they had already participated in 1975, running
directly to the stage after the marathon. Until the beginning of the
2008 Olympic Games in Beijing (Peking) the group will run 12,500 km
across China and in the summer 2005 the band will be back for shows in
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.