The Boom

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The Boom
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2010 concert
Background information
Genres Rock, ska
Years active1986–2014
Labels Sony Music Entertainment
EMI Music Japan
Avex/Five D
Yoshimoto R and C
Members Kazufumi Miyazawa
Kobayashi Takashi
Yamakawa Hiromasa
Tochigi Takao

The Boom is a Japanese rock band. Its members are Kazufumi Miyazawa (vocals), Kobayashi Takashi (guitar), Yamakawa Hiromasa (bass guitar), and Tochigi Takao (drums).

Japan Island country in East Asia

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Kazufumi Miyazawa Japanese musician

Kazufumi Miyazawa is the founder of the Japanese bands The Boom and Ganga Zumba. The former was noted in the 1990s for a fusion of rock, pop, and local Okinawan folk music. Miyazawa is responsible for virtually all lyrics and music for The Boom, who are best known for their 1993 hit song "Shima Uta".

Guitar Fretted string instrument

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The four musicians, friends from Yamanashi Prefecture, formed the band in 1986 as a hokoten street band in Tokyo. They soon began getting club gigs and a record deal with Sony, with whom they released their first album, A Peacetime Boom, in 1989. [1]

Yamanashi Prefecture Prefecture of Japan

Yamanashi Prefecture is a prefecture located in the Chūbu region of Japan.

Tokyo Capital of and largest city in Japan

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Sony Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation

Sony Corporation is a Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Kōnan, Minato, Tokyo. Its diversified business includes consumer and professional electronics, gaming, entertainment and financial services. The company owns the largest music entertainment business in the world, the largest video game console business and one of the largest video game publishing businesses, and is one of the leading manufacturers of electronic products for the consumer and professional markets, and a leading player in the film and television entertainment industry. Sony was ranked 97th on the 2018 Fortune Global 500 list.

Vocalist Kazufumi Miyazawa who is the composer and lyricist for The Boom was inspired by the music of Okinawa. A single CD "Shima Uta" was released in 1993 with high sales, which reached approximately 1.5 million and brought fame to the band, around the world as well as at home.[ citation needed ] On December 31, 1993, The Boom participated in Kōhaku Uta Gassen , an exclusive show usually reserved for elite musicians.

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Shima Uta (The Boom song) song by The Boom, Japanese band

"Shima Uta" is a 1992 song by the Japanese band The Boom. It was written by the lead singer, Kazufumi Miyazawa, based on his impressions from visiting Okinawa for a photo shoot. It is the band's best selling song, well known throughout Japan and Argentina, and one of the most widely known songs associated with Okinawa although the band members are all from Yamanashi Prefecture. The song uses a mix of modern pop and rock styles as well as min'yō. Okinawan musical instruments and Okinawan vocabulary have been incorporated into the song.

After they released "Shima-uta," the group went on to perform "Kaze-ni Naritai," "Kaero-kana," and "Tsukisaemo-nemuruyoru," but Miyazawa wanted to write more Okinawa songs, so an album composed purely of Okinawa songs was released.

Miyazawa released several solo albums and composed songs for other musicians, including Akiko Yano, Kyōko Koizumi, and Rimi Natsukawa. He also started a new band named Ganga Zumba who released their first album Um in April 2007.

Akiko Yano is a Japanese pop and jazz musician and singer born in Tokyo and raised in Aomori and later began her singing career in the mid-1970s. Her vocals and singing style have been compared to British singer Kate Bush.

Kyoko Koizumi is a Japanese singer and actress. She is signed to Victor Entertainment.

Rimi Natsukawa is a Japanese singer. She is best known for her 2001 single "Nada Sōsō."




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