Takarabune - Artist of the Month (April 2011)
An all-female acappella group, singing jazz, oldies and Japanese traditional.
Takarabune was established in 2002 in Kobe, Japan.
The name “Takarabune” means “treasure ship.” Takarabune is a group of female singers based in Japan, sharing its ship full of music wherever they go. With a phenomenal rhythm section of “female bass” and “female voice percussion,” the Takarabune sound is like no other; you would never believe they are all women! Sometimes delicate, sometimes powerful, they mesmerize the audience with their diverse and colorful repertoire.
Winner of the 2009 VokalTotal (Graz, Austria), Jazz Category.
Junko Kamei now splits her time between Europe and Japan, and while in Europe, gives private vocal lessons, holds workshops and provides arrangements for all-female acappella groups.
And for Japanese listeners… Natsumi Uekita’s radio show “Uekita Natsumi no Sound of Wind” is broadcasted on Fridays at 9:30 pm (and re-broadcasted Saturdays at noon) on FM Miki (76.1 MHz). Also available on the Internet (http://www.fm-miki.jp/).
On behalf of Japan, we would like to thank the global community for showing such compassion and support during our time of need. We have a long and difficult struggle to recovery ahead of us. Please continue to keep us in your thoughts.
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