This page gives details of Godiego, the Japanese band who played all the music in Monkey.

Sad news about Godiego's guitarist, Takami Asano

Takami Asano, legendary guitarist and backing vocalist with Godiego, passed away on Tuesday 12th May 2020, at the age of 68. The cause of death was "ischemic heart failure".

He was a co-founder of the band, and performed on all the band's classic songs which feature in Monkey, such as "Monkey Magic", "Gandhara", "Holy and Bright" and "Thank You, Baby". He is also credited with performing the guitar in Masaaki Sakai's "Kono Michi No Hatemademo" (Japanese lyrics set to the tune of "Thank You, Baby"): YouTube: Masaaki Sakai's "Kono Michi No Hatemademo.
Godiego has been regularly performing concerts in their home Japan in recent years; the last of which was in Tokyo on November 16, 2019.

Here he is on the right-hand side in the photo below, when I was lucky to enough to meet Mickie Yoshino, Takami Asano and other Godiego members after a Godiego concert in Tokyo in 2008.
Godiego in Tokyo 2008 - meeting Mickie Yoshino and Takami Asano

News networks, social media have been filled with tributes over the past few days.
I would like to share with you one of my favourites, where Keisuke Kasai shares his memories of Asano-san, while paying tribute with a performance of "Gandhara":

Here's a video that Takami Asano posted to YouTube in 2016 where he is teaching a class, tells them about Godiego's contributions to "Monkey" and demonstrates (from around 03:40 onwards) how to play "Monkey Magic" and "Gandhara" on guitar:

My condolences go out to Mickie Yoshino and the other members of Godiego, and of course to Asano-san's family.

R.I.P. Asano-san

  • Godiego Guitarist Takami Asano Passes Away at 68 - News - Anime News Network
  • Japanese news article

    Godiego Live in Tokyo 2008 [Added: 26 November 2008] - Lots of information of Godiego's concert on Saturday 22 November 2008, where I met all the band members and got their autographs!

    Godiego Reform [Last updated: 7 June 2000] - Godiego reformed at the end of 1999, made a new album, and toured Japan. Includes details of their 2000 tour, and a live video of their 1999 tour!

    UK Releases - Lists all the albums and singles that Godiego have released in the UK.

    London Celebration - information about this Greatest Hits LP which was released in the UK, which featured some music from Monkey, including live versions of "Monkey Magic" and "Gandhara"!

    Related web sites:

  • Godiego band members' websites:
  • We are Godiego - Godiego tribute site.
  • Godiego CD - Comprehensive listing of all Godiego's CDs, with pictures and catalogue numbers.
  • - An online appeal (in Japanese) to get Godiego music score books and other books reissued!
    For full details in English of how you can help to get the "Magic Monkey" score book reissued, please see the Monkey Music - Vote For Reissue Of Godiego's "Magic Monkey" scorebook page.
  • goo Directory: Godiego Web Sites
  • Godiego lyrics - Includes lyrics for Monkey Magic, Gandhara and Holy and Bright (in English and Japanese script).
  • Godiego imported albums on sale at Esprit International UK
  • Yahoo! Japan: Godiego - A Yahoo! category dedicated to Godiego, listing Godiego-related web sites.
  • STUDIO-GIII - Very comprehensive Godiego fan web site (in Japanese). Includes detailed Works of GODIEGO section containing a full discography and song list.
  • Viva!GODIEGO - Includes GODIEGO Discography (see the MAGIC MONKEY page!) and GODIEGO Album Review (where you can write your own reviews of their albums!) sections.
  • GODIEGO DataBase - Includes GODIEGO SONGS SEARCH (ENGLISH) (this page lists all Godiego's English songs, and tells you which CD they're on!) and Godiego: Magic Monkey (full track listing of the classic album, featuring lots of music from the TV series)
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