#25 CRAZY KEN BAND and CHANMINA

SONGS OF TOKYO

28m 00s
Broadcast on September 20, 2021 Available until December 1, 2021

This episode features 2 artists known for creating tracks that are going viral around the world. Their difference in age, aesthetic and musical style highlight how diverse J-POP is today.

- Legendary group CRAZY KEN BAND covers city pop -
Japanese city pop made a comeback in 2021 after being rediscovered by international music fans on the internet and eventually "re-imported" back to Japan. CRAZY KEN BAND, led by 61-year-old Yokoyama Ken, celebrated their 40th anniversary this fall with their first cover album, featuring some of Japan's most treasured city pop songs. At the show, they perform a cover of "DOWN TOWN" by the legendary Yamashita Tatsuro-led band SUGAR BABE. CRAZY KEN BAND has a unique Japanese sound which blends Showa era vibes with soul music. The program also showcases their signature song, "Tiger and Dragon," and delves into Yokoyama's thoughts on the appeal of city pop.

- CHANMINA: Generation Z diva -
CHANMINA is a noteworthy artist with a huge Gen Z fan base both in Japan and abroad. The 22-year-old singer has been making waves with her signature track "Never Grow Up," a chart-topping single with over 200 million views on YouTube and 150 million hashtag views on TikTok. On the show, she'll be performing her springtime hit "Bijin" for the first time on TV. The lyrics are raw and emotional, drawing on her experience of being bashed on the internet after winning a rap competition in high school. Because of her ability to relate to the emotions of today's generation through her music, CHAMINA has been growing popular among fans especially in Asia.

In the talk session, the 2 artists meet for the first time and CHANMINA shares her love and respect for CRAZY KEN BAND. Hosts Murakami Shingo and Horan Chiaki also join in on their chat about the relatable situations highlighted in their song lyrics. From city pop to rap, this episode of SONGS OF TOKYO is sure to give you a taste of how diverse Japanese music can be.

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