Norwich Lanes

Following the critical acclaim for Tonkori in the Moonlight, Mais Um’s collection of OKI’s early work, the Ainu musician travels to Europe for 6 dates this November to perform tracks from the album.

For these shows he will be joined on-stage by his wife Rumiko Kano (vocals, tonkori), son Manau (drums, tonkori) + long-time collaborator Takashi Nakajo (bass), to revisit his ground-breaking early recordings.

One of the last surviving players of the tonkori – a 5-string harp performed by the indigenous Japanese Ainu people – OKI mixes traditional Ainu folk songs with international influences as varied as dub, Irish folk, throat singing, African drumming and music from Central Asia.