Kenji Iwamitsu-Holdaway


Kenji Iwamitsu-Holdaway is an award-winning musician and a member of Auckland band Yoko-Zuna. With Yoko-Zuna, he has performed sold out shows at Q Theatre (2015), Kings Arms (2016), Big Sound Festival in Brisbane (2017), Rhythm and Vines, Northern Bass and Splore (2016–2017). Yoko Zuna charted at number 12 in the official NZ music charts for album This Place Here in 2015. Kenji has recorded and performed with established NZ artists, such as P Digsss (Shapeshifter), Laughton Kora (Kora), David Dallas, Rodney Fischer, Tom Scott (Homebrew, @peace). He won ‘Best Young Guitarist’ award at the National Jazz festival in Tauranga (2012), was nominated for the Taite Independent music prize with Yoko Zuna in 2015, and nominated for ‘Best Song’ at the 2016 Silver Scrolls with Yoko-Zuna and Laughton Kora.