Slacker Logo



Kodo is a Japanese group that has become an international phenomenon, based on the island of Sado, that has taken the world by storm with their new stylings on semi-traditional taiko drumming. Founded in 1981, the group's name has dual meaning; according to the group, it translates both to "heartbeat -- the primal source of all rhythm," and "children of the drum, a reflection of Kodo's desire to play their drums simply, with the heart of a child." The group spends one-third of an average year touring in Japan, one-third touring the rest of the world, and one-third in rigorous workouts in their village on Sado. They have toured in all continents except Antarctica in their attempts to spread world peace via the messenger of music. Among their projects, aside from straightforward taiko performances, are a collaboration with new age synthesizer genius Isao Tomita for Nasca Fantasy, instructing the über-eclectic Cirque du Soleil in taiko for their own performances, the soundtrack for The Hunted, and a yearly "Earth Celebration" festival on Sado for percussionists from around the world to attend. They are ambassadors of peace through music and the current top bearers of the living art form of taiko drumming. ~ Adam Greenberg
Read More Read Less

Stations Featuring

Albums by

Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   Sing, Sing, Sing
  3.   Hunted
  4.   Gezan-Bayashi
  5.   Akabanah
  6.   Mogura (Jungle Mole)
  7.   The Secret of Basement Room
  8.   Maracatu
  9.   Kazauta
  10.   One Moment by Sound Dizturber's
  11.   Yu-Karak II
  12.   Lakota
  13.   Enough
  14.   Strobe's Nanafushi
  15.   Bill Laswell's Nanafushi
  16.   Ektal
  17.   Zoku
  18.   Inteligente's Nobi
  19.   Michi
  20.   Strobe's Nanafushi (Satori Mix), for taiko ensemble
  21.   Monochrome
  22.   Transmission
  23.   I Love U
  24.   Too Dark Tonight
  25.   One Moment featuring Migle
  26.   Strobe's Samurai Dub
  27.   Kyosui (O-daiko), for taiko ensemble
  28.   Zoku, for taiko ensemble
  29.   Psychopomp
  30.   Wataru
  31.   Sange
  32.   Toki No Koe
  33.   Bill Laswell's the Hunted
  34.   Kevin Yost's Deep & Ethnic Mix
  35.   Wax Off
  36.   Ibuki Reconstruction
  37.   O-Daiko (Big Drum)
  38.   Miyake
  39.   Yatai Bayashi
  40.   Kenbai
  41.   Wax On
  42.   Kirina's Theme
  43.   Echo Bells
  44.   Bird Island
  45.   Nanafushi
  46.   Furyu
  47.   Kuyurage, for taiko ensemble
  48.   Hyoshigi/Kono Mine
  49.   Daraijin
  50.   Encore: Nami Ni Saku Hana/Sado E/Hatijyo/Kiyari
  51.   Kashira
  52.   Floor, for taiko ensemble
  53.   Strobe's Satori Beats
  54.   Tomoe
  55.   Kyoshi
  56.   The End
  57.   Biei (Ethereal Flow), for taiko ensemble
  58.   Niji No Nagori (Rainbow Traces)
  59.   Shake, for taiko ensemble
  60.   Lion
  61.   Jang-Gwara
  62.   Akabanar
  63.   Kiyari
  64.   Oya y Ogun
  65.   Ibuki
  66.   Sado E
  67.   Strobe's the Hunted
  68.   Bolero
  69.   Smile by Coranny
  70.   Shake Shake
  71.   Sankan-Shion
  72.   Chonlima Motofumi
  73.   Berimbau Jam
  74.   Nobi
  75.   Remember Me
  76.   A-Son-Ja-O
  77.   Yumi-Ga-Hama
  78.   Song of the Universe
  79.   Lion, for taiko ensemble
  80.   Ibuki, for taiko ensemble
  81.   Ao-Ki Kaze (Wind from the Steppes)
  82.   Berimbau Jam, for percussion ensemble
  83.   Trodori
  84.   Sunayama
  85.   Affirmative Action
  86.   Okesa Prayer
  87.   Irodori, for taiko ensemble
  88.   Strobe's Nanfushi

Artists Related to Kodo