Howard (Kim Jong Un) X
- function: producer
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- WOMEX 2016
Musician, promoter and producer Howard was first exposed to Brazilian music whilst playing with various jazz bands in China and Australia. To further explore his curiosity in Brazilian music, he travelled to Brazil in 2003 for almost 2 years. The aim of the trip was to study the many facets of Brazilian music, culture, and the historical/social context in how music plays a role in Brazilian society. These cities included Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Recife, Porto de Galinhas, Olinda, Belo Horizonte, Ouro Preto, Manaus, Foz do Iguaçu and Sao Paulo. During this period he had the fortunate opportunity to study with some of Brazil’s most respected musicians including the drummer of Hermeto Pascoal’s band for the past 20 years Márcio Bahia, Edu Ribeiro from Yamandu Costa’s band as well as percussionists from Mono Bloco and Mangueira samba school.
Upon the return of this trip, Howard has made it a mission to promote Brazilian music wherever he goes. This included the formation of the Hong Kong Bloco, the first samba percussion ensemble of it’s kind in the region as well as being the founder & producer of the project Bossa Negra.
Howard also has a 2nd career as the first ever impersonator of the president of North Korea since 2013.