Boston based producer and house DJ Yuki Monolog Kanesaka will be performing in Port Elizabeth tonight as part of a South African tour.
Uitenhage music duo Innovators of House asked Kanesaka to come to South Africa to perform in as well as make beats, produce and give music workshops.
Yuki said he was in the country because of the relationship he had formed with Innovators of House founders, Mthetheleli Goboza and Sibabalwe Mpambani through social media. Apart from his performance at Primi Piatti tonight and in Cape Town, he also hopes to make music.
“The guys found me through my YouTube clips and over the past couple of months we’ve built our relationship through social media. I want to deliver my music, connect with musicians and make music,” Kanesaka said.
Kanesaka who not only produces and Dj’s, is also a breakdancer, and plays multiple instruments including the piano, drums, bongos, congas, tabla, bass, saxophone and many.
Born and raised in Japan before moving to the United States to pursue a career in music, Kanesaka said his journey in music started when he was four years old when he wanted to become a ninja.
“I approached my mother and told her I wanted to be a ninja. To dissuade me, she told me to become a good ninja, I needed to learn how to play a piano. Being young and naive, I believed her and started playing. I haven’t looked back since,” Kanesaka said.
By the age of nine, Kanesaka had already began composing music after being introduced to “jazz-funk and jazz-fusion” and by the age of 14, his professional career in music began when he worked as a keyboard player at Yamaha Japan, before moving to Boston to study at the Berklee College of Music.
Kanesaka has worked with artists such as Cee-lo Green, Maceo, Medusa, MC Supernatural. Slum Village, Dope Wax, KRS-One and did a remix for Mayor Hawthorne from Tuxedo.
Goboza, from Uitenhage and one of the co-founders of Innovators of House, along with his partner want to exchange ideas on music as well as learn from the Japanese born DJ who has 20 years experience.
“I sent him some of my music after seeing him on YouTube playing soulful keys and I friend requested him. I was very interested in the way he played, he liked my music and said he’d help me with it which I was thrilled about,” Goboza said.
Since Kanesaka’s arrival in Port Elizabeth last week, he has recorded a track with a local artist at Boston City Campus Studios, also known as Soul Candi Studios.
Kanesaka will be at Primi Piatti at Brookes Hill tonight and the theme is Black and Gold.
Admission is R150 which includes food and two drinks. More information from Siba, 076-617-7698 or Richy, 081-507-6339.