Min-On Sponsors Japan Tour of Haitian Music Group
On August 20, 2009, the Min-On Concert Association hosted a concert by the Haitian group the Mini All Stars at the Nakano Sun Plaza Hall in Tokyo, Japan, as part of its new concert series "The Caribbean Musical Cruise." This was the first Japan tour by the group. The Mini All Stars consists of Haitian musicians and singers selected by Mini Records, the premier label for the music of Haiti for more than 30 years. During the concert, the group performed popular compas numbers. (Compas is a musical genre unique to Haiti incorporating rock, rhythm & blues and jazz.)
Officials from 11 embassies in Japan attended the concert. To date, 101 countries have been represented in Min-On's cultural exchanges.
The Mini All Stars performed in 14 cities throughout Japan from August 18 through September 13, 2009. Republic of Haiti's Deputy Ambassador to Japan Jean Claude Bordes stated that he was very pleased to see this contribution to cultural exchange between Japan and Haiti and further commented that the concert provided a good opportunity for Japanese people to learn about the beauty of Haitian music.
Min-On was founded in 1963 at the initiative of Daisaku Ikeda with the aim of building bridges between people and cultures through the performing arts. To date, Min-on has participated in a series of music, dance and performing arts exchanges with cultural associations worldwide. In addition, Min-on sponsors musical competitions and school concerts and is actively engaged in fostering the talents of youth.
[Adapted from a Min-On Press Release and an article in the August 21, 2009, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of Min-On]