Members of the Japanese band “JapaLkan” famous for Balkan music and performance of music from this region, will hold their first concert in Belgrade named “Serbian concert for beloved Serbian country” on January 19, 2018 at 19h at Cultural Institution “Vuk Stefanović Karadžić”. The concert is sponsored by the company Japan Tobacco International in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan in Serbia, and the entrance is free of charge. Tickets are available at the ticket office of the Cultural Institution “Vuk Stefanović Karadžić”.
Naoki Hishinuma, front man and lead vocal of the band who also plays the trumpet, tube and flugelhorn, founded “JapaLkan” in 2014 together with professional musicians who are, thanks to their performances, not only known in Tokyo, but also throughout Japan. The name of the band comes from words “Japan” and “Balkan” which were symbolically merged to send the message of understanding and friendship between two cultures, but also to show that music knows no boundaries. Besides performing with JapaLkan, Hishinuma performs with worldwide known orchestra Shibusa shirazu. Together with this band, Hishinuma travelled around European countries, including Slovenia, but his first visit to Serbia will be with JapaLkan.
Before concert in Belgrade, the band will perform at Kustendorf festival on January 16, as part of the regular music program of this festival.
“JapaLkan” published an album named “‘Ajde! ‘Ajde! ‘Ajde!” in 2015, and mini album “Mesečina” in 2017. Their playlist includes some of the most famous and favourite songs of our nation, such as “Mesečina”, “‘Ajde Jano”, “Ederlezi”, “Niška banja” and others. Overall impression is even more emphasized by the authentic Serbian national costumes and opanci, which the members of the group received from a family from Sumadija after the local media wrote about their work in mid-2017.
Company Japan Tobacco International is traditionally the largest corporate promoter of Japanese culture and tradition. Under its auspices, some of Japan’s most important artists have visited Serbia in recent years, among which theatre “A La Place”, the percussion band “Ondecoza”, Gocoo drums, the traditional band Variki, the famous pianist Ingrid Fujiko Hemming and many other famous Japanese artists.