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Published on Mar 26, 2011

Sakaki Mango studied the Swahili language at the Osaka University of Foreign Studies, where he also began his research on the music of Tanzania. He traveled to the African continent to receive direct training from the late Hukwe Ubi Zawose (then the lead limba player of the Tanzanian National Theatre) on the limba, and from Galikai Tillicoti on the mbira. In addition to the limba and mbira, Sakaki Mango also plays the electric likimbe, a Congolese amplified lamellaphone.
Sakaki has done much to popularize the traditional music of Africa in Japan through concerts and workshops. He found ways to plug the instrument through amplifiers and suitably co-starred with Konono No 1(DRC) at their international shows during 2006.
With his 3rd album "LIMBA ROCK" released in July 2008, he has broken the "healing" image of those instruments, bringing them back to their role of trance and dance. The vibrating tension of Swahili sound, diffused in an electrical distortion, played by minimal phrases repeated and rolled like a spiral staircase, makes feel high, sometimes loose consciousness. Its energetic melodies, tinted with sounds from Dar es Salaam, Harare, Kinshasa or Maputo, sung in a mixture of Swahili language and Kyushu island dialect, are, as Mango's itinerary, a powerful entanglement of musical traditions and modernisms overlapping and fitting together.
His albums "LIMBA TRAIN" and "LIMBA ROCK" were chosen among the best world music albums 2006 and 2008 in Japan. Japan and Africa are no longer farer than a few dance steps.

Sauti za Busara (2008,2011 Zanzibar, Tanzania)
Nangye Traditional Music Festival(2008 Yondong Korea)
Jarasum International Jazz Festival (2008 Gapyeong, Korea)
Sukiyaki meets the World(2006,2007,2009,2010)

Recordings :
Sakaki Mango & Limba Train Sound System / Limba Rock, 2008
Sakaki Mango / Limba Train, 2006
MA-NGOMA / Safari

●"You can't find such a music in the World. The young revolutionary 'thumb-pianist' Sakaki Mango creates a new and unique trance music." Morita Jun'ichi [DO DO WORLD NEWS]
●It is certainly the first time to make meet rock and thumb piano. Sakaki Mango uses this simple and sometimes ticklish instrument as a part of his body, creating a 'Japanese made music', different to African music." Yamamoto Seiichi[PARA / ROVO]
●There is no work like Mango's one, neither in Africa nor in Japan. Because it opens doors on a landscape, which is not African rainforest or savannah, but the unique world of Sakaki Mango. Matsuyama Shin'ya[STUDIO VOICE]
●Please listen to Sakaki Mango's [A WHITE DAY], standing on a sand beach of his native land. OKI [DUB AINU BAND]



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