Grads at singer Nakajima's alma mater get bogus parting message

Mar 5, 2015

Grads at singer Nakajima's alma mater get bogus parting message

March is the end of an academic year and the season for farewell. Words of encouragement sent by successful alumna present the perfect send-off for students lined up at graduation ceremonies. But one such message supposedly sent by famous singer-songwriter Miyuki Nakajima to her ...

Feb 27, 2015

Popular Mexican singer Ariel Camacho dies in car crash

Young, up-and-coming Mexican singer Ariel Camacho has died in a traffic accident after leaving a concert, his record company confirmed Thursday. Camacho, already popular in his home state of Sinaloa and parts of the U.S. as a singer of the “grupera” genre, was touring ...

Naples musician who mixed blues, jazz, love for city, dies at 59

Jan 6, 2015

Naples musician who mixed blues, jazz, love for city, dies at 59

Italian singer, songwriter and guitarist Pino Daniele, whose fusion of blues, jazz, rock and traditional Neapolitan music was heavily inspired by both the beauty and ugliness of his native Naples, has died. He was 59. Carlo Saitto, an official at Sant’Eugenio hospital in Rome, ...

Musician-actor Johnny Okura dies at 62

Nov 27, 2014

Musician-actor Johnny Okura dies at 62

Musician and actor Johnny Okura, who played a supporting role in the 1983 Japanese-British film “Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence,” died in a Tokyo hospital on Nov. 19, his management office said Thursday. He was 62, and the cause of death was pneumonia. Okura shot ...

Aug 21, 2014

Two with yakuza links held over drug sales to Aska

Two men have been arrested for allegedly selling 100 tablets of illegal drugs including MDMA to pop singer Aska, who has been indicted on charges including stimulant use. Tsuneyoshi Yagyu, 64, who is unemployed, and Takahiko Yasunari, 47, a senior member of an affiliate ...

Blues singer inspired by ancient tomb mounds

Jul 28, 2014

Blues singer inspired by ancient tomb mounds

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Blues singer Marikofun finds inspiration in a unique place — Japan’s ancient tomb mounds, known as kofun in Japanese. She has visited more than 1,000 ancient tomb mounds across Japan over the past seven years — a dedication expressed in the line of one ...

'Enka' icon Shimakura dies at 75

Nov 9, 2013

'Enka' icon Shimakura dies at 75

Chiyoko Shimakura, known as one of Japan’s most enduring postwar singers, died of liver cancer at a Tokyo hospital Friday, her record label said. She was 75. The singer of popular songs and “enka” ballads had numerous hits in her career spanning 58 years, ...

Singer brings peace message to U.N.

Sep 17, 2013

Singer brings peace message to U.N.

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As pop star turned activist Shinji Harada performs around the world, including at a special United Nations concert this month in New York, he is reminded of the importance his hometown of Hiroshima plays as the nexus of a global peace movement 68 years ...