Andean Day?


     Sisay, the Ecuadorian band, appeared on a TV program on November 26th. I went to NHK, the TV station, because the program was a visual live show. There were already many people in the studio when I arrived. Some staff in the same bright yellow-green colored jackets was bustling around to prepare for broadcasting. I took only one photo there when I got to the studio because it was banned to take any photos and use cell phones during the show. The place was filled with tense and exciting feelings.

     “Three…Two…One…” The play-on began streaming. The host gave a pause and then started talking. The program was on. The monitor was showing scenery somewhere. The display switched and the host was closed up. One of the staff in yellow-green jacket raised a hand to urge audience to clap. A camera turned to the audience sheets. I took a beat.

     Then Sisay played a piece of music: El Condor Pasa. After the performance, the host introduced Sisay. Lewis, one of the members, introduced themselves and some musical instruments. After the interview, Sisay began playing a suite of music. All of the audience was clapping hands and everyone was excited. But one of the TV crew forced them to stop playing in the middle. The time was strict controlled because the program was a live show and had many things to give out, such as weather information. Besides, there were other guests that day. They came from Aomori Prefecture to introduce their town, products and culture.

     At the end of the program, the members of Sisay and Namahage, the devil which is famous in Aomori, appeared to say good-bye. Sisay and Namahage, the devil…The scene was strange and funny…TS3N0276-a

     After the show, I ran into a friend of mine. We had lunch together, and then the friend brought me a shop run by a Peruvian man. I’m wondering what shop it is…It sells South American CDs, DVDs, accessories, clothing, bags, beer, and musical instruments and so on, and also offers classes of Spanish languages and playing musical instruments such as quena and zamponya. Although I cannot play any Andean musical instruments, I played the bombo, or the drum, with my friend, who played the quena, and the Peruvian man, who played the charango. That was really exciting. I had a great time that day.


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