Performing well in other languages and connecting to others in other parts of the world can help break down cultural barriers, since music is the Universal Language. If 17 year old African American female Shervonne, At Http://www.youtube.com/ennovrehs has hopes of becoming an international pop star, is the world ready to receive her, and others like her? Japanese and korean are some of the languages she sings in of the many others. Check out the videos below.
Korean- "why" Performed Live (The girl's got pipes. Definitely Raw Talent!)
Japanese- Endless Story performed Live(showing off that vocal range)
"Rumors"- Official Music Video
Beyonce Dangerously In Love- Live Piano and Vocal Cover (Raw Talent)
When I first came here to teach, all the elementary school kids called me that guys name and I thought it was sweet. But for me, I can't stand Jero. Not cause hes part Japanese and im not. not because he has celebrity. but because i cant really stand most Enka. it has the corniest instruments in all of music. i like the reallllllllly traditional Japanese nationalistic Minyou -- which probably evokes the image of the Japanese state killing and colonizing everybody. But I cant stand Enka... it makes me think of Elvis. Barf.
To be honest, I'd still be buddies, but I swear, I'd be like "We're not playing Umi no Yuki in the car bro. Its been on NHK all day, enough with that shit. You're gonna listen to some Yellow Magic Orchestra and like it. You hear me?!"
I blogged about this guy awhile back - His moniker is "Jero" aka Jerome White. Pittsburgh, PA born brotha who is a very popular "Enka" singer in Japan...
But the issue heere is black artists bridging that cultural gap and singing foreign (articularly asian) music. were good in european languages but its still a rarity for us to be good in asian ones. congrats to both of these cats, especially the first one for not even having it in her heritage and the courage to try it out just for the beauty of the languages.
It's been known that international markets have appreciated black music a lot more than here in the U.S. Not in all cases, but yeah. From what I've noticed, the UK loves soul music.