Kazufumi Miyazawa has been called the Japanese David Byrne, Paul Simon and Peter Gabriel rolled into one, in part because of his fascination with world music in general and Brazilian music in particular. In the 1990s Miyazawa, as part of the popular Japanese band THE BOOM went on a remarkable journey that took them from performing in the streets to the stadiums, from ska to samba, from the Budokan to Brazil. Along the way they met and mingled with musicians and people from a variety of countries. The travel helped Miyazawa, the band’s creative force, to expand his horizons, absorbing music from Indonesia, Jamaica, Cuba and particularly Brazil. That exploration brought them to Rio de Janiero and a new sound was developed, resulting in Far East Samba.

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