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Ryuichi Sakamoto

May 3rd, 2006 . by Matt

ryuichi sakamoto

Ryuichi Sakamoto is a well known musician in Japan, and is extremely well liked. In the west he is probably best known for his musical score in The Last Emperor. In Japan his musical career is much more varied, and is considered to be a genius. People in Japan call him by an affectionate nickname, ‘professor’ (教授). I dont think I have ever heard a Japanese person say a bad thing about him.

Here is a song by Ryuichi Sakamoto, in collaboration with Korean rapper MC Sniper and Wei Wei Wu, the famous player of the Niko (the Chinese violin). The song is sung in Korean by MC Sniper, and the lyrics constitute a criticism about the war on terror. It is a kind of unearthly sound, an blend between traditional and modern.

Here is a video clip of the song from an appearance on a Japanese TV show, and the name of the song is ‘Undercooled’. Download it here (60 mb).

Enjoy.


5 Responses to “Ryuichi Sakamoto”

  1. comment number 1 by: polysics

    Korea and japan workin together… the way it should be…

    boooyakasha!!!

  2. comment number 2 by: Lyrt

    Wow, it sucks. Korea and Japan should definitely not work together.

  3. comment number 3 by: Katz

    I think this song is old. I heard from somewhere long time ago.

  4. comment number 4 by: polysics

    # Lyrt Says:
    May 4th, 2006 at 2:09 am

    Wow, it sucks. Korea and Japan should definitely not work together.

    can I spank your muffin ass?

  5. comment number 5 by: eli

    Gonna have to agree with Lyrt. That was really bad.