Miyamoto is Black Enough is a contemporary band of hard driving rhythms and biting social commentary that utilizes steel pan, cello, drums and poetry/vocals to speak to the complex social realities of our time. A melange of world music styles form a brash symphony that nods the head, moves the feet and asks the listener/viewer to challenge and disturb her own comfort.
Ariana Miyamoto is a Japanese national, child of an African American father and Japanese mother. She won Miss Universe Japan 2015 and represented her country at the Miss Universe competition later that year. A self-described ‘hafu,’ many Japanese expressed concern that someone not of ‘pure’ Japanese parentage should represent the country. She is, in the words of some ‘not Japanese enough.’ In a band that boasts two ‘hafu’, a Trinidadian-Brooklynite Black man, and an Irish, Finnish, Swedish hip-hop influenced, classically trained drummer, we’re sure that Ariana Miyamoto is Black enough no matter what the Japanese think about her Japan-ness.
(646) - 779 - 8455
80 North 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249