Kaoru Azuma was born in Osaka, Japan 1977. She started her professional career during her junior college year in Osaka, Kyoto, and other parts of Japan. In 2000, she got the one of the prizes of the Kobe Jazz Vocal Queen Contest. In 2003, she moved to New York to perform and enrolled in the jazz studies program at the City College of New York. Kaoru’s knowledge and education in music comes from great singers and musicians such as Mark Murphy, Sheila Jordan, Suzanne Pittson, Kate McGarry, Mike Holober and Scott Reeves in New York. After receiving her BFA degree and the Pro Music Award from City College, Kaoru began performing in clubs such as the 55 bar, the Cornelia Street Café and others while collaborating with New York-based musicians…
In a world with an alternate history, a great war finally comes to an end leaving the earth diseased and polluted. The geneticist Dr. Azuma vies for support from the government for his neo-cell treatment that he claims can rejuvenate the body and regenerate humankind. The government leaders, guarding their own deeply entrenched powers, turn down the professor. Driven to complete his work, Dr. Azuma accepts a secret offer from a sinister faction of the powerful military. After an incident occurs in Dr. Azuma's lab, a race of mutant humans known as the Shinzo Ningen are unleashed upon the world. Now only the warrior known as Casshern, reincarnated with an invincible body, stands between the Shinzo Ningen and a world on the brink of annihilation. Written by Frank Tinsley V
In the future, in a polluted post-apocalyptic society called Eurasia after a war against Europe, the planet is devastated by the effect of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. The geneticist Dr. Azuma (Akira Terao) develops a technique called "neo-cell", capable of regenerating the body of human beings, sponsored by an evil corporation. His son Tetsuya Azuma (Yusuke Iseya) dies in the war, but after an accident in the laboratory of Dr. Azuma, Tetsuya revives as the powerful warrior Casshern, while a new breed of mutants called "neo-humans" is generated in the plant. The neo-humans decide to annihilate the humans and raise a new world. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Afro-music continues to inspire a whole host of musicians, producers and DJs but even now the full picture of Afro-music in the 1960s and 70s is still far from being properly represented. Ghana Soundz Volume 2 goes some way to readdressing the balance.