All of us at Kodo are very sorry to hear that drummer Shuichi “Ponta” Murakami passed away on March 9.
May he rest in peace.
Mr. Murakami and Kodo have been connected since the days of our antecedent group, Sado no Kuni Ondekoza, through a collaboration in the 1970s. Later, Kodo also had the opportunity to perform on stage with Mr. Murakami when he was a guest artist at Earth Celebration 2000.
Mr. Murakami recently sent us a message to congratulate us on our 40th anniversary this year.
We are truly grateful for his kind words, friendship, and inspiration over the years.