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Mt. Fuji Aid 2000

Mt Fuji Aid 2000

In order to focus attention on the garbage problem at Mt. Fuji and on environmental problems in general, concert promoter Conversation and environmental groups are teaming up to launch this new music festival, pairing world music talents with Japanese music forces.

Fuji-san in its four seasons in many ways embodies for Japan the country' moods. Viewed from abroad as well, Fuji has come to stand as perhaps the foremost symbol of Japan. But the mountain is under siege from the four million tourists who visit it yearly. With this in mind the Fuji no Shizen wo Mamaru Kai (Committee for the Protection of Mt Fuji) decided to launch a "message event" to carry the message of Fuji's dire condition to the world at large. The result is Mt. Fuji Aid 2000, a two-day music and camp festival.

At the top of the diverse lineup is Arto Lindsay, the New York-born, Brazil-raised singer/guitarist. Lindsay, a frequent visitor to Japan, first came to fame on the Brian Eno-produced omnibus album No New York. Since then he has been an essential member of New York's downtown music scene, as leader of his own group the Ambitious Lovers and as a collaborator with everyone from ex-Talking Heads David Byrne to Japanese soul singer UA.

Also from the New York downtown scene, bassist/producer Bill Laswell will be appearing with the experimental music group Charged in its debut Japan performance. Formed by Laswell and Japanese trumpeter Toshinori Kondo, the international collective also features members from Italy, the USA and Senegal, and explores Laswell's interest in groove-heavy ambient techno.

Other performers from abroad include Senegalese percussionist Arona N'diaye Rose (who has recorded with Prince and Miles Davis among others) who is scheduled to play with a local wadaiko ensemble, and Moroccan traditional Gnawa music group Maalem Mahmoud Gania.

Representing Japan are veteran rock groups The Elephant Kashimashi and Carnation, new indies entrant Cannabis from Sapporo, and Shigeru Nakano (vocals) & Shinichi Fujinuma (guitars), who used to make up the core of the legendary Japanese punk rock group Anarchy, reuniting for a one-off performance under the name Special Unit.

Yamanashi-ken Kawaguchiko Stellar Theater, 7/29-30, 1pm (open), 2pm (start), JY4500 (adv), JY5000 (door), JY8000 (2 days). Tickets and info: Conversation 03-5280-9996. General info: Mt Fuji Aid 03-3233-1813.

Concert Listings
394: Regurgitator
393: Art Garfunkel


392: Belle and Sebastian
391: Super Furry Animals
390: Ben Folds
389: Elton John
388: Dido
387: Papa Roach
386: Beast Feast 2001
385: Summersonic
384: David Sylvian
383: Maxi Priest & Big Mountain
382: Fuji Rock Festival 01
381: Roxy Music
380: Bo Diddley
379: John McLaughlin & Zakir Hussain in Remember Shakti
378: Paul Weller
377: Coolio
376: Backyard Babies
375: Marcus Miller
374: Black Crowes
373: Megadeath
372: Dionne Warwick
371: Arrested Development
370: Mouse on Mars
369: Duran Duran
368: Linkin Park
367: Maceo Parker
366: Japan Blues Carnival 2001
365: Ben Harper
364: Cheap Trick
363: Stephen Malkmus
362: Mogwai
361: Weezer
360: Marilyn Manson
359: Green Day
358: AC/DC
357: Richard Thompson
356: Bob Dylan
355: J. Mascis
354: Leigh Stephen Kenny
352/3: Limp Bizkit
351: Boyz II Men
350: Reef
349: Park Tower Blues Festival
348: Roni Size
347: Compay Segundo
346: Incognito
345: Jimmy Page and The Black Crowes
344: Bad Religion
343: Japan Soul Festival 2000
342: Rocktober 2000
341: Richard Ashcroft
340: Motorhead
339: Festival Halou
338: Ricky Martin
337: Taj Mahal
336: Asian Dub Foundation
335: Lou Reed
334: Earth, Wind & Fire
333: Sting
332: No Doubt
331: Camel
330: Fuji Rock: Smash Talks
329: Summer Sonic
328: Mt. Fuju Aid 2000
327: Salif Keita
326: Buena Vista Social Club
325: Bill Frisell
324: Maxi Priest
323: Lenine
322: Rage Against the Machine
321: Tommy Flanagan Trio
320: Smashing Pumpkins
319: Pet Shop Boys
318: Japan Blues Carnival
317: Gipsy Kings
316: Steely Dan
315: Pshish
314: Big Night Out
313: Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
312: Harry Connick Jr.
311: Sonny Rollins
310: Speech
309: Santana