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Yoshi Ikuzō (吉幾三, born 11 November 1952, Goshogawara, Aomori) is the stage name of Yoshihito Kamata (鎌田 善人, Kamata Yoshihito), a Japanese famous enka singer-songwriter.

Yoshi Ikuzō
Birth nameYoshihito Kamata
Also known asEiji Yamaoka, IKZO, Kumanosuke Kitami
Born(1952-11-11)November 11, 1952
Kanagi, Aomori, Japan
GenresEnka
Occupation(s)Enka singer
Singer-songwriter
Lyricist
Composer
Rapper
InstrumentsVocal
Guitar
Years active1973 -
LabelsTokuma Japan Communications
WebsiteOfficial site
Alma materKanagi Minami Junior High School
ChildrenKU
Parent(s)
  • Inakazu Kamata (father)

Enka is a popular genre akin to Japanese folk music or blues music in the Western world. He has released several popular albums. Amongst his most famous hits are "Sake-yo", "Suika", and "Yuki Guni".

He also claimed that he became the first popular hip hop artist in Japan by his 1984 song "Ora Tokyo sa Iguda" (lit. "I'm going to Tokyo"), which is sung in the Tsugaru dialect of Japanese.[1]

He has been on tour with fellow Japanese star Fukui Kodai.

His wife is named Hisako, and they have a daughter, Ikumi. His stage name is a pun for "Yoshi, ikuzo!" (よし、いくぞー!, Alright, let's go!).

Discography (incomplete)Edit

 
Tachineputa float
  • Ora ha zettai! Presley : I'm an "Elvis Presley" indeed!
  • Ora Tokyo sa igu da : A farewell to the Rural
  • Yuki Guni : Snow Country
  • Sake yo : Sipping and drinking
  • Suika : Drunken Song
  • Dream
  • Shutcho Monogatari : My Dekasegi memories
  • Tachineputa
  • Kaze ni Fukarete : Blown with the wind
  • Tsugaru

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "宇多田ヒカル、Perfumeとコラボ 吉幾三「俺ら東京さ行ぐだ」大人気" (in Japanese). J-cast. 2008-04-22. Retrieved 2009-01-19.

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