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ハーレム・アマチュアナイトの年間チャンピオンはジャパン対コリア!?Numbers(No:Z)&Hyo-jin Kim! Asians Dominates the Super Top Dog at The Apollo!!

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アポロ・シアターのアマチュアナイト、名前くらいは聞いたことがあるでしょう? マイケル・ジャクソンスティービー・ワンダーなど数多くのスーパースターが優勝した事で世界的に知られています。その年間グランドチャンピオンを決めるスーパー・トップ・ドッグが11/27(水)開催。今回は私も観客として参加してきました。

優勝したのは日本人ダンス・ユニット、ナンバーズ=No:Z(Numbers)! で2位につけたのは韓国人ヒューマン・ビートボックスのHyo-Jin Kimヒョウジン・キムと、なんとブラック・カルチャーの聖地での年間チャンピオンのトップをアジア人が独占。

Hyojin Kim
レギュラーのアマチュア・ナイトは毎週水曜日に開催されていて、ブロードウェイ・ショーにひけを取らない人気で毎週チケットはほとんどソールドアウトしています。この日はと国スーパー・トップ・ドッグということもあって会場は超満員。ヨーロッパや全米からの観光客、そして日本人もかなり目立っていました。

まずレギュラーのアマチュア・ナイトに優勝すると次はショー・オフ、続いてトップ・ドッグ、そこでも勝つと年間チャンピオン大会のスーパー・トップ・ドッグに進むことができます。この夜は1年間勝ち抜いて来たトータル12組が出場。ホイットニー・ヒューストンも顔負けの歌唱力のシンガーや、ファンキーなエレクトリック・バイオリンなどの実力派に続いて登場したダンス・ユニットNo:Zは、素晴らしく見応えのあるアニメーション・ダンスで観客を魅了。さらにヒョウジン・キムはパワフルなヒューマン・ビートボックスで様々なビートを次々に披露して大喝采を浴びました。
アマチュア・ナイト優勝者はショーの最後に観客によって決められます。一人一人に送られる拍手と歓声が一番大きかった人が優勝。かつては感覚的に決めていましたが昨今は機械で測定。そのメーターの針が91対90のなんと1ポイント差でNo:Zヒョウジン・キムを押さえて優勝、見事賞金1万ドルを手に!!

Two Asian performers finished 1st and 2nd place at the Apollo Amateur Night, 2013 Super Top Dog on Wednesday, November 27.

The 1st place winner Numbers is a unit of two dancers from Tokyo, Japan. Their super fun ”animation” dance captivated the spectators  completely and edged the 2nd place winner Hyo-jin Kim from Seoul, South Korea, who awed the  audience with his incredible techniques of human beatbox.

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ハーレム・アポロシアターのアマチュアナイトは毎週水曜日に開催。
超人気チケットなので入手はお早めに!
http://www.apollotheater.org/amateur-night-events
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Harlem’s “Mama, I Want To Sing” Goes To Japan!

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The longest running black off-Broadway musical in American history

Mama, I Want to Sing illustrates the story of many great performers who learned their craft in the church choir. Doris in Mama, I Want to Sing (fashioned after Creator Vy Higginsen‘s own sister Doris Troy) stepped out the church choir, performed during Amateur Night at the Apollo, migrated to London where she performed and provided a gospel and soul underpinning for groups such as the Beatles.

25 years after its first Japanese tour in 1988, Mama, I Want to Sing returns to perform in Tokyo and Osaka in Japan. The show will open on December 4th at Tokyu Theater Orb. Ticket price starts 3,000 Yen (cheaper than $35 at Harlem’s Dempsey Theater.)

More Info: mama-i-want-to-sing-japan.com/

Nippon Hip Hop Nation – 1 Miss Hitoe from SPEED

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Nippon Hip Hop Nation – 1

Miss Hitoe from SPEED

 The first guest for our new feature “Nippon Hip Hop Nation” Special Interview series is a good friend of mine, Miss Hitoe of SPEED.

Hitoe Arakaki ,is the oldest member of the Japanese pop girl group SPEED, which disbanded in 2000 and reformed in 2009. Their first album since their reunion, 4 Colors, will be released on November 14, 2012.

Arakaki was born in Okinawa, Japan, and is also known by her first name, Hitoe. Her trademarks are her enthusiastic dancing as well as her wild and eccentric hairstyles.

Speed made their major label debut on August 5, 1996 and became an immediate success. Their debut album Starting Over became their first number one album on Japan’s Oricon weekly charts. They would eventually become the most successful girl group in Asia with sales of over 20 million singles and albums in just three years and eight months. The members disbanded on March 31, 2000 to pursue solo careers and to study.

Speed – Ashita No Sora

In 1999, Hitoe released her first solo single, “Inori”, which reached number two on the Oricon charts. On December 2002, she released her second single “I Got You” and the album I’ll Do It My Way. Besides “Inori,” she co-wrote all the tracks on the album. In February 2003, she released her third single, “I’ll Do It My Way”.

Hitoe is also an accomplished graphic artist, and following Speed’s breakup, she moved to New York City to attend art school. She is known for her distinctive graffiti styled paintings often depicting African-American life style. She has published an art book called “Vibe Art” and has held private exhibitions in Tokyo and New York. Her work has also been featured on the covers of various American Hip Hop compilation CDs.

Hitoe also became active in yoga and is a licensed yoga instructor in Japan.  In June 2007, she published a book and DVD of yoga lessons. Hitoe is currently teaching yoga in Shibuya, Japan’s Star Light Studio.

SPEED Discography

Studio Albums

1997         Starting Over

1998         Rise

1999          Carry On My Way

2003         Bridge

Other Albums

1998         Moment

2000         SPEED The Memorial best 1335 Days Dear Friends 1

2000         SPEED The Memorial best 1335 Days Dear Friends 2

2001         SPEED Memorial Live “One More Dream” + Remix

2004         Best Hits Live: Save The Children SPEED Live 2003

2009         SPEEDland: The Premium Best Re Tracks

Hitoe’s interview coming soon!

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Pittsburgh-native, Tokyo-based Enka superstar JERO made his New York debut at Japan Society

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Pittsburgh-native, Tokyo-based Enka superstar JERO made his New York debut at Japan Society!

Jero (Jerome Charles White, Jr.) made his New York City convert debut on Saturday June 9th before a sold-out audience at Japan Society in Manhattan. He the first African-American Enka singer in Japan’s history, having been inspired into the genre by his Japanese grandmother. It has been said Jero has single-handedly reignited Japan’s interest in this traditional post-war music style known as Enka.

Jero appeared on stage wearing a blue suit featuring shiny white labels that reminded me of the lavish costumes worn by one of his favorite artists, the late American soul star Luther Vandross. He peerformed his own original songs as well as Enka classics made popular by  Misora Hibari and Itsuki Hiroshi among others.

Following the concert, fans enjoyed a rare meet-and-greet opportunity with Jero as he shook hands and autographed CDs. All proceeds from the sales will be donated to The Japan Earthquake Relief Fund established by Japan Society in the wake of 3/11.

Set List

Ymiyuki (Ocean Snow)

Hisame (Freezing Rain)

Yukiguni (Snow Country)

Echigo Jishi no Uta (Echigo Jishi’s Song)

Hare Butai (The Biggest Moment)

Yozora (Night Sky)

Mtteiru Onna (The Waiting Lady)

Yoake no Kaze (Dawn Wind)

Encore

Sukiyaki Song

 – Stay tuned for JERO’s exclusive interview by Harlem2Nippon!!