I think I was listening to some Maneli Jamal when YouTube suggested I listen to somemusic by a young Japanese man named Kent Nishimura. He was really amazing, and when I read his story on his website and discovered the kid will only turn 18 in March, I figured it might be a good idea to feature him on an upcoming Monday, which happens to be today.
His biography says that he started playing the guitar when he was five. After about a year, he heard the music of Kotaro Oshio, another Japanese fingerstyle player, and decided right then that he wanted to emulate Oshio. In the short period of time since he made that declaration, he’s managed to record three albums and a couple of singles.
You’ll notice that the nails on his right hand are filed to a point, which gives him better control and tone when he plays. I haven’t figured out whether they’re false nails or his own, but I guess that’s not important. He can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Spotify. Without further ado, here’s Kent Nishimura.
Here are the songs Kent covers, along with who did them originally.
- Toto, "Africa"
- Bill Withers and Grover Washington Jr., "Just The Two Of Us"
- Norah Jones, "Don’t Know Why"
- Tears For Fears, "Everybody Wants To Rule The World"
- Foreigner, "Waiting For A Girl Like You"
- Michael Jackson, "Rock With You"
- George Michael, "Careless Whisper"
- Earl Klugh, "Living Inside Your Love"
- Anita Baker, "Sweet Love"
- "Fly Me To The Moon"
I am really impressed with the way he plays, and I hope you’ve enjoyed him enough to go listen to more. That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for February 8, 2021.