Minyo, local folk songs from all over Japan, have long been combined with Latin, jazz and other types of music. Back in the 1950s, Japan's most famous singer Hibari Misora was adding Latin rhythms to folk songs, and Tokyo Cuban Boys were playing tunes such as Samba Soran (based on Soran Bushi). Minyo Crusaders have picked up that mantle and run with it, taking Minyo in some similar and some new directions. Reportedly, Ry Cooder said "Minyo Crusaders is the best band I have heard in many years, since when I can't say! So good! Let me help out in some way when time comes!"...Praise indeed.
1. Kushimoto Bushi 2. Mamurogawa Ondo 3. Yasuki Bushi 4. Houhai Bushi 5. Aizubandaisan