Kenichi Minami (Ken) is a Japanese singer, songwriter, guitarist, and pianist. KEN MUJO is Minami’s solo performance outfit: a wild jet engine of tube amplified, howling feedback-laden acoustic guitar driven songwriting & noise performance. By infusing his songs with traditional Japanese melodies and rhythms, Ken is able to reflect the true universality of music and its ability to unite people across boundaries of race, religion, nationality, society, class, and culture. The central theme behind all of his songs is one of freedom and interconnectedness.
Ken solidified a place at the forefront of the Japanese indie rock scene in the early 2000s as the frontman for the Japanese rock band Chuburari, releasing numerous albums with prominent Japanese record labels including Bad News Records, the UK Project, and Speed Star Disc. This project was followed in 2010 with the formation of Ken South Rock with drummer Adam Amram, garnering an even larger devoted following in Japan.
Upon relocating to the U.S. in 2013 Ken formed the ultra-dense Brooklyn hard rock band Toranavox with Israeli drummer and vocalist Eli Halfi, creating time altering, dark, happy hard rock with heavy metal overtones with lyrics in Japanese, Hebrew, and English – a variety that matches the range also achieved with their sound. In 2018, Ken started a new project called BoscoMujo. Ken is the principal composer and producer of the project, in addition to his role as singer and guitarist. “Mujo” is a Japanese word, which means that everything is always changing, that life comes and goes.