Orange Clover Gets It

Two days ago I blogged about BEGIN’s plans for 2007 and one of the artists that I mentioned on that post caught my attention. Orange Clover is a relatively new J/O-pop duo from Ishikagi-jima who released their first album “LaLaLaLaLa” in 2004. Female lead singer/lyricist Shinobu Nakasone and male guitarist/composer Nobuhiro Miyara only have that …

An Ageless Christmas Melody

Got wind of this little gem from Deckman. The song is called “Christmas Melody” and is performed by Takano Uehara with composition by her friend H. Tanahara. According to Deckman, Takano is an amateur singer from Itoman and the video was put out on the web to see if there would be any interest in …

Begin-ing to Release Albums Again (Kind of)

Our favorite O-Pop group from Yaeyama, BEGIN, is back as a trio after taking a break and taking on solo/side projects. October 2006’s single “Sanshin no Hana” (TECI-109) marked their return as a group and in 2007 they’ll go on tour, see the release of their autobiographical movie “Koishikute” (the theme song to the film, …

Scoop: Jake Shimabukuro to Perform in Kouhaku!

Okay, so it may not really be a scoop for Karakui but it’s good news nonetheless. As reported on nikkansports.com and on Jake’s Japanese-language website KLUB (it’s not on his English-language site yet), the Hawaii-born ukulele virtuoso will be performing as a special guest with Rimi Natsukawa at this year’s Kouhaku Uta-gassen. Rimi and Jake …

Jake Shimabukuro’s Change of Pace

Known for his amazing technique on the ukulele, Jake Shimabukuro (30), recently took part in this year’s Honolulu Marathon – the first for the Hawaii-born musician. According to an article on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin the marathon was one of the hardest things he’s ever done – changing his lifestyle which has in turn, affected his …

DA PUMP’s Special Xmas Live

J-Pop Dance/Vocal trio DA PUMP treated 300 of their lucky fans (out of 4,290 that tried to get into this event) to a special Xmas live event at Fuji TV (Odaiba, Tokyo) on December 25, 2006. The group performed a total of 13 songs including their latest single “Christmas Night” (AVCT-30122) – the trio’s first …

Cinderella Story: Erika Sunakawa

Here’s a story that’ll make you feel all nice and tingly inside (just in time for Xmas too). Miyakojima-born Erika Sunakawa (29), a care worker by trade, recently released a debut single called “Heart Drops” (YRCN-10178) on December 20, 2006. It all started from an appearance on the wonderfully entertaining karaoke show from NHK called …