UPDATE: Sunday, November 6, 2005
Mana "China" Nishiura
great sadness I inform you that prolific Japanese drummer Mana Nishiura,
best known simply as "China," passed away Friday, November
4 in a tragic automobile accident. She was with Tokyo psych-rock
outfit DMBQ in route from a gig at Baltimore's Talking Head to a
Todd P show in Brooklyn. At
approximately 12:51 PM on
the I-95 in south New Jersey,
the band's van hit a Ford Econoline, tumbling several times into
a clearing on the side of the turnpike. The rest of the group are
currently hospitalized in Delaware and New Jersey. Read more here.
China playing with DMBQ at a Polish disco this spring. Keeping with
the larger-than-life arena rock persona of the band, she played
with no shortage of flare - striking an encyclopedia-full of rock
poses and pounding her drums like a god of thunder. It was impossible
to miss her skills, passion, and energy.
was China's most recent project, she had been an important player
in both the Kyoto and Tokyo music scenes. She made a name for herself
in the mid-to-late 1990s with Kyoto experimental rock acts such
as Music Start Against Young Assault and Jesus Fever. Though
her live debut with legendary pop trio Shonen Knife was in May 2001,
China began began appearing on their recordings as early as 2000.
During this period she also became a member of Yamamoto Seiichi's
of Boredoms' moody folk-rock project Rashinban - playing on the
albums Hajimari (2002), Aenai Hito (2003), Fukuin
(2003), and Irumi (2004). She joined DMBQ last year, most
recently appearing on their The Essential Sounds from the Far
East (2005). She also played with Teem, Cel, Rovo, Partie,
She will be
donate to help pay the medical and travel expenses for the surviving
members of DMBQ and their tour manager Michelle Panache.
Send PayPal donations to:
You can find China's
personal web site here.
You can find NYNT's Mana "China"
DMBQ's web site is here.
The news report about the accident from the Gloucester County Times
Brooklyn promoter Todd P will be putting on benefits for the band's
medical expenses. His web site is here.
You can also read a bit more about DMBQ's accident on NYNT here.
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Night Train , 2005