Japan’s Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra not too long ago introduced that their 30th anniversary single, “Ribbon,” would be the newest within the sequence of songs that includes a outstanding visitor vocalist. To mark the event, the band has fittingly teamed up with one of many largest names in J-pop for the celebratory music: frontman Kazutoshi Sakurai from the band Mr.Kids.
The veteran ska and jazz band’s standard custom of inviting established artists as featured vocalists started in 2001 when Takao Tajima from ORIGINAL LOVE joined the members for “Mekureta Orange.” They’ve since featured many stars of standard Japanese music, together with Tamio Okuda (Unicorn), Ken Yokoyama (Hello-Normal), CHARA, Hiroji Miyamoto (Elephant Kashimashi) and extra.
Consistent with the sequence’ customized, the lyrics of the celebratory single have been written by saxophonist Atsushi Yanaka and composed by the band’s trumpeter NARGO. Yanaka shares that Sakurai supplied to “do something” for the legendary band’s 30th anniversary after they carried out on the Mr.Kids frontman’s charity music pageant in 2018.
“The process of creating this song made me feel glad from the bottom of my heart that I kept making music,” he says of working with the hitmaker on the lyrics.
Sakurai shares the sentiment, likening the songwriting course of to driving at top-speed and dwelling to inform the story. “The sound and words are convincing because they come from Ska Para,” he famous. “I was able to dive headlong into it with my voice. It’s the best. I’m so glad I make music.”
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra and Kazutoshi Sakurai shared a brand new photograph that includes the boys clad in matching mild blue fits. “Ribbon,” which NARGO describes as being “a song powerful and bright enough to cast a light on the future,” will drop Aug. 7.