This year Osaka Monaurail will celebrate thier 17th year in the business. The funk-i-est band that Japan has to offer has one mission- to play just - plain - funk.
Leader Nakata often says in interviews "we've been working very hard for 15 years only to find a way to play funk music."
In summer 2006 Osaka Monaurail toured 6 cities as backing band for living legend, Ms Marva Whitney. The chemistry between Osaka Monaurail and Ms Whitney was far better than just good, and all the venues were packed out up and down Japan. This tour will be remembered for a long time by soul music fans in Japan.
On the off days of the busy one-and-a-half week tour, Ms Whitney and Osaka Monaurail went into studios to finish her first solo album in 36 years. This album came out in December of the same year (only in Japan) as "I am what I am"