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Jamaica and Japan display close ties at Tsugaru-Shamisen concert / The Jamaica Observer review

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The showcasing of Japanese culture at the Courtleigh Auditorium in Kingston, Jamaica Saturday night had a greater impact in demonstrating the ties between the two nations, which are celebrating 50 years of diplomatic relations, than speeches and product displays. For the second half of the Tsugaru-Shamisen concert, The Jolly Boys joined the performance and played the calypso hit Nimble Like Kimble with the Japanese group, Abeya.

"I thought it was fantastic!" Hylton exclaimed. "I think it was a treat for the Jamaican audience. I think it resonated because it reminds us so much of our own folk music. The fusion with the Jolly Boys, I thought that was very creative and showed that, with both of them playing together, how integrated our music and the culture can be." READ THE FULL Jamaica Observer REVIEW.