Japan’s pop sensation, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is set for a performance at Singapore’s first country-focused cultural festival, Super Japan, which will take place at the Esplanade, as a celebration to mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Singapore.
Known as the “Harajuku Pop Princess”, and often referred to as “Japan’s Lady Gaga”, Kyary is popularly known for her oddly adorable fashion style which is associated with Japan’s “kawaisa” and “decora” culture centred in the Harajuku neighbourhood.
She received local and international fame through her 2011 single “PonPonPon” which became a viral hit due to its quirkiness. The music video is one of the most viewed music videos in Japan back in 2014, and has received huge media attention.
Following that, her other singles like “Candy Candy” and “Fashion Monster” also gained similar success.
She has so far released four albums together with respected Japanese pop producer Yasutaka Nakata from the electronic music duo Capsule, who is also the producer of the famous Japanese pop girl group, Perfume.
Apart from Kyary’s performance, Super Japan will also feature various other programmes and shows, ranging from the traditional to the contemporary, the popular to the progressive, as well as special collaborations between Singapore and Japanese artistes.
Taking place from 13 to 22 May, Super Japan will be a 10-day showcase that brings Japanese art, culture and traditions unique to its different Japanese prefectures, all the way to Singapore.
Kyary’s performance at Super Japan will take place on the first day of the festival, 13 May 2016, at the Esplanade Theatre, with tickets sold at sistic.com.sg.
Other performance highlights at Super Japan include an epic Japanese storytelling through Japanese traditional and western music, Kabuki and the Japanese classical dance called “Himiko – Memories of the Sun Goddess; the reinterpretation of the classic Noh drama “The Damask Drum” in Drums produced by Singapore playwright Chong Tze Chien together with Japanese director Shigeki Nakano; the amazing Blue Note Tokyo All-Star Jazz Orchestra led by Eric Miyashiro, and many more!
For more information on the festival, visit esplanade.com.