Meet Jero: The First Black JAPANESE Enka Singer
Hip-Hop knows no bounds so when I heard there was a b-boy that had adopted the ways of Japan and become a country singer, I was interested. Meet Jero, the first Black Country Music Singer of Japan! I’d be a Ronin if I was in Japan, for sure. What Jero actually does is called Enka and his new single debuted at #4 on the charts, a historic event.
Here is more info on Jero:
JERO (ジェロ) is an American (Pittsburgh) born enka singer, and the first black enka singer. Interestingly, despite singing enka music he still has the outward appearance of being a hip-hop artist. His Japanese grandmother got him interested in enka music from a young age. He enrolled in the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in information science, and graduated in 2003. During this time, he went on a three month exchange to a university in Kansai, and during his stay was when he decided he would become an enka singer. After graduating, he returned to Japan. In his spare time he appeared on NHK singing programs, and won many karaoke competitions, which is what caught the eye of Victor and got him scouted. Finally in February 2008 he debuts with the single Umiyuki.