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Feel the beat: traditional Japanese drummers wow Vietnam

Feel the beat: traditional Japanese drummers wow Vietnam

Tuesday, October 08, 2013, 11:00 GMT+7

With an hour-long show, seven members of the Japanese band Dadadadan Tenko rocked the outdoor stage of Ho Chi Minh City Youth Cultural House on Sunday evening.

Over 500 people were forced to wait in the rain for the show to begin, but were rewarded by an invigorating performance.

Seven members of the Japanese group made the trip to Vietnam to perform: Akira Sakaue, Teruaki Kataoka, Yoshiki Hosoda, Shinya Hirabayashi, Renma Ikei, Anri Kobayashi, and Kanako Otani.

The performers took advantage of the show to showcase their many talents, aptly demonstrating their musical abilities by drumming and playing other instruments such as the flute and the shamisen, a three-stringed traditional Japanese instrument.

They surprised audiences by incorporating comedy into their show, displaying just how talented they are.

Their official website,, boats to potential audiences, “prepare to be intrigued, thrilled and moved.” They lived up to their word, impressing viewers with traditional songs such as Conte De Wadaiko, Shamisen, Depapa, Hana, and Battle.

What is Tenko?

Dadadadan Tenko is a Japanese drum (wadaiko) group formed in 1987 by the performing artist Isaya Mondori.

The Osaka-based group's unique performances are intriguing and energetic, cleverly melding traditional drumming with a variety of other elements including Western music, drama, and comedy.

The intense passion the musicians have for their art is clear, provoking raw emotion within the audience. It is certainly unlike any other traditional drumming performance.

Thoai Tran


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