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For Sarah Noorbakhsh's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Kreva keeps Japan's hip-hop heart beating

Jul 9, 2010

Kreva keeps Japan's hip-hop heart beating

The last thing anyone expects one of the country’s leading hip-hop artists to say about the scene he’s part of is that it’s uninspired. But for Japanese hip-hop veteran Kreva, that’s the unfortunate truth. “There’s not really anyone I’m excited to listen to right ...

OI-SKALL MATES: Festa de Rama

| Jul 2, 2010

OI-SKALL MATES: Festa de Rama

Tokyo-grown punk-ska heavies Oi-Skall Mates make their second, back-to-back appearance at the beachside Festa de Rama, now in its sixth year. The band hasn’t released a new album in five years (they insist it’ll happen this year), but they toured Hawaii last year and ...

No one-size-fits-all for foreign suffrage

| Feb 23, 2010

No one-size-fits-all for foreign suffrage

Support has been surprisingly muted for the Hatoyama administration’s push toward suffrage for foreign permanent residents, even among the constituencies such a law would enfranchise. The debate is definitely a hot one, sparking a number of protests against the plan around Tokyo, with opposition ...

Soil creates life with 'death jazz'

Nov 6, 2009

Soil creates life with 'death jazz'

“The Lounge Lizards and Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers in a Japanese brothel,” is how acclaimed U.K. DJ and record-label owner Gilles Peterson has described funky jazz sextuplet Soil & “Pimp” Sessions. Formed around 2001 by a group of like-minded musicians looking to ...

Various Artists 'Yes We Can! Obama Classics'

Oct 2, 2009

Various Artists "Yes We Can! Obama Classics"

“Yes We Can! Obama Classics” is an album that sets excerpts of U.S. President Barak Obama’s famous speeches to classical music, simple as that. Conceptually it’s an interesting idea — harnessing the emotion of Obama’s memorable words and setting them to powerful orchestration. The ...