The Kong Show with musician Kaleb James

The Kong Show with musician Kaleb James


Japan Today’s Kamasami Kong sits down with musician, composer, jingle-maker and recording artist Kaleb James. In this interview, we hear about Kaleb’s experience as a foreign musician making it in Japan, and hear some advice for those trying to enter the music scene here.

Take a musical journey with Kaleb from a kid growing up in Queens Ney Work to playing gigs in Osaka working with the biggest musical stars in Japan such as TRF, SMAP, AI, Chara, Misha, etc., as well as more sensitive topics such as being pigeon-holed to a certain type of music, discrimination, and life as a large African-American—6 feet 3 inches, 260 lbs—with dreadlocks in Japan.

Kaleb doesn’t hold back on his answers nor his love-hate relationship with Japan and take on Japanese music.

Enjoy an entertaining and informative interview with one of the more successful performance artists in Japan.

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Author Infomation

Kamasami Kong
Kamasami Kong
Kong is a long-time radio veteran in Japan, having started in the late 1970s on a record album project with DJ Katsuya Kobayashi and musician Tatsurou Yamashita, called "COME ALONG II." Since then, he has had radio programs on FM YOKOHAMA, INTER-FM, TOKYO-FM and FM802 in Osaka. His programs are currently being heard in the Kansai area on FM COCOLO. He pioneered the Tokyo MetPod, and is now publishing the Kong Show, a podcast featuring news, interviews, entertainment and more.

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    Great interview Kong! Love the show. Keep up the good work. Thanks.

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