21 May 2017
Incredible Oki Dub Ainu Band lit up the energy of the Land of the Rising Sun on the The Spirit of Tengri audience
The Japanese band Oki Dub Ainu Band got the guests of the anniversary festival of contemporary ethnic music The Spirit of Tengri introduced with the culture of the Ainu people - the indigenous people of the island state, Tengrinews.kz reports. The festival is held in the open-air format in the Abay square in front of the Republic Palace. The project was established by the national radio station Tengri FM.
During his debut performance, the musicians from Japan managed to deliver the sound of a traditional stringed instrument - tonkori. This is the oldest instrument of the Ainu, but since around 1970, for some reason that there have been almost no people in the world who play it. So, the founder of Oki Dub Ainu Band, Oki Kahn, decided to pursue the promotion of the ethnic musical heritage of the Ainu throughout the world.
Dressed in national clothes and seemingly strict and enigmatic Oki Kahn was delivering a surprising sound on tonkori, which some could hear a resemblance to dombra and zhetygen. And his colleagues on stage on the keyboard, guitar and drums turned the music of Oki Dub Ainu Band into a driving symbiosis of jazz, rock and folk music. The musicians from Japan performed five compositions, immersing guests in the atmosphere of the outstanding vibe of the Land of the Rising Sun.
"Before coming here, I did not know anything about Central Asia, but now I have a lot of friends here and I know that Kazakhstan people love music, we will continue to cooperate with your country and wonderful people who live here. We feed on each other's culture and this is only the beginning. I am engaged in producing different music and in this direction, I am sure we will work with you,” - Oki Kan, founder of Oki Dub Ainu Band, shared his impressions after the performance.
Okie Kahn graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Tokyo, and then moved to the United States, where he worked as a special effects film artist. In 1992, Oki returned to Japan and soon received his first tonkori - the traditional string instrument of the Ainu people. Mr. Kano not only restored, but also popularized the sound of the tonkori, and in 1996 his first album Kamuy kor nupurpe was released. In addition, he founded Chikar studio, which aimed to promote the ethnic musical heritage of the Ainu around the world. To date, there are no more than 25,000 representatives of this people in the world. Oki Dub Ainu Band have a huge number of compositions and tours under their belt.
It is worth noting that among visitors of anniversary festival The Spirit of Tengri there were quite a few foreigners who specially arrived to listen to contemporary ethnic music. Thus, Megan from the USA is visiting the Festival for the second time. "I study ethnic music of the world and last year this festival was my project - I wrote my thesis about it, and this year I have brought my husband - he really wanted to come. Like last year, I am very impressed by the organization I am very happy to see bands from Africa, Japan and Israel this year, I'm very excited that you have such an international festival as an embodiment of the relationship between Kazakhstan and the whole world," - Megan said.
The Spirit of Tengri is a multicultural project aimed at demonstrating the ethnic traditions of the countries around the world on the Kazakh land. The project was stablished by the national radio station Tengri FM. Over the past four years, ethno-collectives and performers from more than 30 countries and regions of the world have taken part in the Festival.
This year in the square in front of the Republic Palace the following artists have performed: Oki Dub Ainu Band (Japan), DJ Carmen Rizzo (USA), Huun Huur Tu (Tuva), Sekou Kouyate (Guinea), Folk Project Katya Yamshchikova (Bashkortostan), Speed Caravan (France / Algeria), Robert Yuldashev & Kuraisy (Bashkortostan), Robert Yuldashev and Kuraisy (Bashkortostan), Shono (Buryatia), Dudu Tassa & The Kuwaitis (Israel), Marga Muzika (Lithuania), Project Almaty Drums (Kazakhstan) , "Tigrahaud" (Kazakhstan), "Aldaspan" (Kazakhstan), DJ Nariman Issenov, Arsen Superfly, Rustam Ospanoff, Roman Bazhanov (Kazakhstan).
General partner of the festival is Kaspi.kz. The event was held with the support of the Akimat of Almaty. Technical support was provided by KZ Sound. The admission was free.