What I love about listening to international music is discovering sounds that my ears are not accustomed to hearing every day. Today I came across an update on a group called Wagakki Band and a new song they have out called ‘HANABI’. I can say their video and overall sound was not what I expected.
The vocals sound more like an update on what Americans are used to hearing in a traditional Japanese song. Surprisingly enough, the instruments used by the band are traditional as well. I do not know if it is popular to mix traditional sounds into todays music in Japan, but I can say its nice to see a younger generation embracing traditional things, no matter what country they come from.
About 6 years back, I came across young fellow named Jerome White (Jero), whose Japanese grandmother introduced him to Enka music when he was young. His introduction to Japanese Enka music would be the equivalent to us growing up to the music of the Lawrence Welk Show and LOVING it. Needless to say, when Jerome grew up, he went to his grandmother’s country Japan, and sang Enka and became a HUGE hit. His love of Enka brought about a resurgence of its popularity amongst the younger generation in Japan. Japanese were really impressed that an Japanese-African American not only embraced his grandmothers music, but also learned the language as well.
I digress, the theme and color in the music video is really nice. The video is set in ancient Japan. This compliments the musical instruments that the band uses and makes the video cool to watch.