Saturday, April 25, 2009

Zunko - I Had No Idea

When I saw today's video of Libertango, I was intrigued by the unusual arrangement and the "scat" singing of the husky voiced female vocalist, Zunko. I had no idea when I looked for more information on Zunko that I had opened the door to a Japanese cultural phenomenon of which I was totally unaware. Zunko, real name Shizuki Asato, is a former big name star in the Takarazuka Revue (or if you prefer, a Takarazuka link in English), a Japanese all-female musical theater. Zunko was an otokoyaku, meaning she performed the parts normally performed by a male. So far as I could tell, this is the only Piazzolla song that Zunko performs but if you are intrigued you can see find many more Zunko performances at lovezunko's YouTube channel.

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To learn more about Piazzolla videos, visit the Piazzolla Video site.

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