Osaka Monaurail

Osaka Monaurail

The sensational Osaka Monaurail are Japan’s premiere funk orchestra, ready to make waves on Australia’s shores at Blues on Broadbeach.

With their sharp suits, synchronised routines, and powerful horn section, Osaka Monaurail will have your feet movin’ and your hips shakin’ from the moment they hit the stage. 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 dynamic and energetic show. Here’s a bunch of guys who have played the biggest festivals to the tightest clubs around the world and have brought the dance-floor to exuberant volcanic-like eruptions everywhere they’ve been!

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. Naming themselves after the 1975 classic “J.B.’s Monaurail”, and set out to be the new ministers of super heavy funk for future generations, the band have 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.

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