As well as some storming originals, funk fans can anticipate workouts on tunes by Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, The Temptations, Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas and of course, the godfather of soul, James Brown.
Led by the explosive showmanship of charismatic singer and director Ryo Nakata, Osaka Monaurail have been funking it up for nearly three decades, thrilling audiences across Europe, North America, Asia and Australia with their dynamical and energetic show. Here’s a bunch of guys who have played the biggest festivals in the world to the tightest clubs on the planet and brought the dance-floor to exuberant volcanic like eruptions everywhere they go!
“Each well-timed move thrilled the excited crowd. By the end of the show, the dance floor was a mass of funk converts who, even if they had wanted to, were unable to stop themselves dancing feverishly to the explosive rhythmic energy that Osaka Monaurail generated.” Upside news
Osaka Monaurail are no strangers to our shores either, having wowed club goers, as well as knocking the socks off crowds at the Sydney Festival, Golden Plains, WOMADelaide and Meredith Festival.
“You know when you see a band that plays so well, you just need to take off your shoes and hold them in the air? These guys are jaw-droppingly tight!” FBI Radio
Formed out of Osaka University’s jazz society in 1992, Osaka Monaurail took James Brown’s funk template as the gold standard for a rhythm combo, named themselves after the 1975 classic “J.B.’s Monaurail”, and set out to be the new ministers of super heavy funk for future generations.
“Frontman Ryo Nakata is more like James Brown than he has any right to be; the voice, the mannerisms, the sense of humour… it’s all perfect.” Double J
Having toured and recorded with James Brown associated funk icons Marva Whitney, Fred Wesley and Martha High, Osaka Monaurail are on a mission to capture the energy, sound and excitement of funk’s heyday.
“As a showman, Nakata does not disappoint with his contagious energy, smiles or cheeky grins that transmits his soul feeling flawlessly to the audience throughout the gig… A bitchin’ night of Japanese funk!” Matrix Barcelona
“By far, one of the hottest funk bands on the planet.” Marva Whitney, Soul Sister #1 and featured vocalist with James Brown