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Concert of Colors 2021: Minyo Crusaders

Metro Detroit’s free annual diversity-themed music festival returns for its 29th year with broadcasts and simultaneous livestreams across four consecutive nights. Every evening from August 5-8, watch Detroit Public TV or visit this page to enjoy the sounds of music greats from around the world, including Roy Ayers, Melvin Davis and acts from Haiti, Japan, Uganda and other countries.

AIRED: August 05, 2021 | 0:48:23
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- Hi planetary citizens, brothers and sisters,

welcome back to the Concert of Colors.

My name is Ismael Ahmed, director and curator

of the Concert of Colors,

and host of WDET's "This Island Earth."

The Concert of Colors was created nearly three decades ago

to celebrate the cultures,

and struggles of Detroit's communities of color.

Today we come together to celebrate

all our cultures, communities, religions, and genders.

And as in the past we hope to return to our live format

where we can once again enjoy each other's company.

We would like to thank

all of the staff, volunteers, and artists

that have made this year's event possible,

especially the Detroit Institute of Arts

who have played such an important role,

as well as Detroit Public Television, WTVS,

and Detroit public radio, WDET.

For this year's schedule, information

and most importantly to support our efforts go

to www.concertofcolors, one word,

concertofcolors.com.

And now let's take a minute

to thank our partners and sponsors.

- [Announcer] Support for this program was provided

by the Kresge Foundation, DTE, AARP,

the Detroit Free Press, Midtown Inc,

Skillman Foundation, and michigan.com.

And by these partners, Concert of Colors,

Culture Source, Detroit Institute of Arts,

Charles Wright Museum of African American History,

the Arab American National Museum, Michigan Science Center,

the University of Michigan Detroit,

Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit Symphony Orchestra,

Detroit Public Television,

City of Detroit Department

of Arts, Culture and Entrepreneurship,

Science Gallery of Detroit, WDET 101.9 FM,

the Scarab Club, Keegan Foundation, Access,

Hellenic Museum of Michigan, College for Creative Studies,

Marx Layne, New Detroit Inc,

Detroit Excellence in Youth Arts,

and Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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Stay tuned for more music

with our global and local fellow citizens,

and masterful musicians for tonight's broadcast.

- Hi! Welcome to the Concert of Colors!

My name is Toko Shiiki.

I'm a Japanese filmmaker and singer with October Babies.

I'm very excited to introduce a Japanese band,

Minyo Crusaders, to you!

Minyo Crusaders are a new 10-piece big band coming

to us from Japan.

They joyfully rework traditional Japanese folk songs,

which are called min'yM,

by fusing them with arrangements inspired

by various international music genres,

including Caribbean, Latin and African grooves.

They released their first album, "Echoes of Japan" in 2017,

and have been steadily gaining fans all around the globe

for their funky musical celebration

of new ideas that also revive old traditions.

Evoking nostalgia for a forgotten Japan,

the group's co-founder Katsumi Tanaka says,

"As a traditional performing art,

min'yM is considered highbrow,

yet these are mainly songs for working, dancing or drinking.

We want to return them to their literal meaning

as songs of the people."

Minyo Crusaders exemplify the vibrancy

of Japanese folk music removed

from its formal ritual context,

and inject it with a modern party music vibe

by incorporating the vitality of world music rhythms.

Ladies and gentlemen,

I give you Minyo Crusaders!

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- We are Minyo Crusaders! Whoo!

We are so, so happy we can send our music from Japan

to everyone in the world.

Please enjoy!

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Thank you so much!

We are Minyo Crusaders! Whoo!

My English is speak poor.

So I need my memo. Sorry.

We play old Japanese folk song.

It is called min'yM.

There are many great songs in Japan.

But we don't often listen them this century.

These are work song, celebration songs, festival songs

and are song of the people who live there.

Next page.

Yes, the next, Maxine.

This song is for (speaking in foreign language)

with Jamaican music.

And the song is for the king of Columbia.

Respect Mitzo Miento that I met in Columbia.

Thank you!

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We give love to Columbia! Whoo!

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Thank you (peaking in foreign language)!

We are Minyo Crusaders! Yeah!

Thank you very much for enjoying our music

and performance today.

The last song is a "Fisherman Song" sung by So-ran Bushi!

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- Yeah! - Yeah!

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