Interview: B.B. Mo-Franck sings "Flowers Will Bloom" in French

1m 03s
Available until March 31, 2023

B.B. Mo-Franck is a keyboard player and percussionist from Kinshasa in Congo. After performing across the African continent, he moved to Japan in 1986 and has since then been active nationwide. He was one of the first percussionists to play in the Japanese on-stage rendition of The Lion King by Shiki Theater Company. Hoping to bring encouragement to the people affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, he gave many performances and workshops in the disaster area.

The Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011, left a total of more than 18400 dead or missing. The NHK produced the recovery support song, “Hana wa Saku (Flowers Will Bloom)” in 2012 to encourage the survivors and support the reconstruction of affected areas. In 2021, the NHK WORLD-JAPAN produced multilingual versions of "Hana wa Saku."

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