WADOKYO      the DO project

WADOKYO the DO project

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WADOKYO Power-Fun-Sexappeal! The Far Eastern art of TAIKO newly defined. Athletic play of muscles, fascinating rhythms – a powerful show guaranteed, a treat for all the senses! This cosmopolitan group of drummers and musicians combine old traditions with modern music to create great Ethno-Pop!

Biography

WADOKYO
THE POWER OF DRUMS

TAIKO is the art of Japanese drumming. Developed from the folk festivals, it has matured into an independent concert form In the style of WADOKYO, this centuries-old tradition is newly defined; a combination of music, top-class sports and entertainment.
WADOKYO is a cosmopolitan group from Dusseldorf (Germany) that was founded in 2000. The formation consists of three to six players, who dedicate themselves with heart and soul to the art of Taiko. Within their harmonic and synchronized play of the Japanese drums, their individuality and personal style give the group its unmistakable character. Their long lasting experiences in fitness, dance, music and sports form an important basis for their artistic expression.
The prominent features of WADOKYO’s style; its dynamic presentation, explosive energy, the fascinating precision of the team play, the aesthetics of the movement and the clear visual joy of the players
Furthermore, they have learned to play the Taiko drums in its country of origin and during yearly visits to Japan, the group members continue to be trained in style and expression., enthrall their audiences Europe-wide.
WADOKYO sees it as its task to integrate this Japanese tradition into its European culture of origin. Therefore, they often join forces with artists from different cultures and genres (e. g. ballet, sports, classical music, modern dance, ethnic and pop music) to create unique projects. This has led to the forming of the DO project, where the heart beat of the TAIKO drums joins with the virtuoso DJEMBE improvisations of the members of SO and the soul-full voice of JEAN BOSCO SAFARI and his band.

SO
was founded in 2006 by the Ghanese virtuoso Yussif Iddrisu ‘Babs’ jobo (Wawadadakwa, Wagpe Kaso, Saxafabra, The Afro Beat Association), especially for his cooperation with WADOKYO. Babs Jobo joined forces with a pan-African team of star- players: Bodé Owa from Nigeria (Actor for Dreamworks, Black Vlaming and dancer with a.o. Aimé De Lignière), Freddy Masamba from Congo (Tambours de Brazza, Zap Mama, Youssou N’dour, Francis Lassus, Kodo and organizer of Couleur Café), Babara Bangoura from Guinee (Mamady Keita, Foli-Kan) and dancer Mbalya Toure (Chapeau de Guinee, Foli-Kan).

JEAN BOSCO SAFARI
Jean Bosco Safari was born in Rubago, Ruanda (Central Africa) on May 10, 1954. In 1960 — when the Civil War broke out — he was sent by his mother to Belgium where he got adopted by his Belgian parents.

Jean Bosco Safari is one of the best and charismatic live performers in Belgium.


In 1989 he met KENNY MOORE — Tina Turner's piano player — on a club tour in Switzerland. Moore agreed to produce his debut album "Wow".

In 1991,"Wow" was released in every European country and in Australia, South Africa and Argentina.
“Wow” was produced by Kenny Moore. His live act at the time was directed by Micha Bergese who did the stage acts for the last two Rolling Stones and Tina Turner and Peter Gabriel on the Millennium Dome Project.

In 1993, his second album "The Romantic Heroes" was produced by Robyn Smith, British songwriter, producer, arranger and conductor (Beverly Craven, The Pasadenas and Mike Oldfield). "The Romantic Heroes" was awarded a golden CD in Belgium.

In 1994, Jean Bosco Safari released his third album "Little Boy Blue". This album has been completed by two producers. The first three songs were produced by Peter Bunetta, an American (The Temptations, Kenny G., Smokey Robinson, Michael Bolton and others). The remaining songs were produced by a Belgian producer Wouter Van Belle (The Radios, Axelle Red, Zap Mama and Noordkaap).

In 1997 Jean Bosco Safari added on his latest cd “Visions of Home", ethnical influences from all over the world. This album was produced by Jean Bosco Safari himself in co-production with his keyboard player Marcus Scheibmaier and Sylvain Van Holme, a senior Belgian producer.

In 1998, Polygram released “The Best of Kid Safari".

Jean Bosco Safari regarded the 4 released CD's as a growing-process which had come to an end. He wanted to go back to basics: one voice, one guitar.

In 2004, the 'back to basics' idea resulted in the cd "NOMAD", a driven and poetical testimony of his search for balance.

In 2007 Jean Bosco Safari released the new single “Wake Up And Dream” which he produced together with Marcus Scheibmaier. The single is the first track out of the forthcoming album to be released after the summer.

Lyrics

The Drums Lead The Way

Written By: Jean Bosco Safari

The Drums Lead The Way

You and I will fight three battles
The first we’ll fight it within ourselves
Once we’ve found our peace and balance
We’ll dance

The second is to keep our families
Safe and sound with all our might
Our alliance in aquarius
We’ll dance

We will rise together
Our dreams will shine forever
And we’ll never
Never give in
There’s no end no begin
And we will always say
What we gotta say
And the drums lead the way

The third one is one from all ages
It’s a complex, cosmic one
We’ll fight till time will turn our pages
Till peace will come

We will rise together
Our dreams will shine forever
And we’ll never
Never give in
There’s no end no begin
And we will always say
What we gotta say
And the drums lead the way

We will rise together
Our dreams will shine forever
And we’ll never
Never give in
There’s no end no begin
And we will always say
What we gotta say
And the drums lead the way

Discography

ICHI - WADOKYO - 2005

WAF Wawadadakwa 2005
Memife Wagpe Kaso 2006
Saxafabra Saxafabra 2007

Wow - Jean Bosco Safari, 1991
Romantic Heroes -Jean Bosco Safari, 1993
Little Boy Blue-Jean Bosco Safari, 1994
Visions of Home-Jean Bosco Safari, 1997
The Best of Kid Safari-Jean Bosco Safari, 1998
Nomad-Jean Bosco Safari, 2003
Wake Up And Dream (single), 2006
„The Romantic Heroes“ was sold more than 25.000 times in Belgium and became a Golden Record.
"Wow" was released in all European countries, as well as Australia, South Africa and Argentina. „My Eyes“ became Hit Single No. 1 in South Africa and was staged by Micha Bergese.

Set List

30 minutes - 120 minutes