My interview with "Ilovecarnivall"!
"Ilovecarnivall" is a UK website showcases Caribbean Carnivals from around the world. Thank you, AC CHRISTIE.Link
As a bridge between Japan and the Caribbean
5day cruise from October 9 to 13, 2017.
I will rock Soca On the Seas again this year as a DJ! Join SOCA CRUISE with me!! Cruise to the Bahamas and Key West You can safely enjoy SOCA as much as you want... more than you want!!
Not Only J'ouvert, Fetes with the world's biggest Soca celebrities & DJs but also cultural experience!!!
Book your cabin as soon as possible:)
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Soca On The Seas Official Site : http://www.socaontheseas.com
Facebook Event Page : https://www.facebook.com/events/478572962533914/
In October 2016, selector HEMO visited Ghana and Belize as the head of the Yosakoi dance team JAPAN YOSAKOI REN.
She and the team enjoyed international cultural exchange through Yosakoi across national borders and language barriers. During their three-week tour,
they performed at JAPAN DAY four times, visited eight local schools, and met five thousand people in total!
selector HEMO and the JAPAN YOSAKOI REN will be back to the 16th Ghana Yosakoi Festival in 2017. The information will be updated. Please see the website below!
JAPAN YOSAKOI REN Official Site: http://www.japanyosakoiren.com
New Release Info!!!
ALWAYS RUM / MICKY RICH (iTunes / CD / music video) MICKY RICH’s brand new happy song about rum will take you to the Caribbean Sea! We want as many people as possible to listen to this song. You can watch the music video now!
RUM & COCA COLA / CHIEKO BEAUTY feat. Tico (7″ EP / CD)
CHIEKO BEAUTY remade a “Calypso Queen” Calypso Rose’s masterpiece “Rum & Coca Cola” with Japanese lyrics. Her cute voice,
along with Tico (LITTLE TEMPO)’s steelpan sound, makes this Japanese calypso track so refreshing.
Enjoy it with a sweet and strong Rum & Coke! The limited edition 7″ EP (with an original sticker) is available now!
LIME Records Online Shop: https://limerecords.thebase.in
HEMO started her career as a DJ, selector and producer in the 1990s and has been introducing the hottest Caribbean music into Japan. Since 2000, her main focus has been Soca, music played in the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival, which is known as one of the world’s three major carnivals. In 2013, she started her own record label named LIME Records. The label has released albums, including selector HEMO presents / ISLAND POP!!!, and music videos.
In the 1990s, HEMO started to work as a DJ, selector and producer after making her first visit to Jamaica. What made her name well known on the Japanese club scene was the “Escape” riddim (HEMO＋MOOFIRE). HEMO’s produced hits for a lot of Jamaican dancehall artists such as Elephant Man, Sizzla, Wayne Wonder and Vybez Kartel, and performed with Sean Paul, Beenie Man, Fire Links and others in Jamaica. HEMO’s also appeared regularly on Japanese radio programs of J-WAVE and SHIBUYA FM.
Since 2000, HEMO’s been working hard to popularize Soca, Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival music, and produced Soca hits compilations which were released by Warner Music Japan, Pony Canyon and Victor Entertainment. As a DJ, she opened for Kevin Lyttle, known for a worldwide Soca hit “Turn Me On,” and was invited by Machel Montano, the King of Soca, to perform at “Machel Montano’s Alternative Concept.” Appearing as HEMO＋MOOFIRE・DANCEHALLQUEEN JUNKO, HEMO became the first Japanese to perform at the event two years in a row. She also plays at the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival every year.
While digging deep into Caribbean music, HEMO got interested in Africa, the land of the “roots” of music, and its dance music. In 2014, she released an album which combined the latest West African Afrobeats and Caribbean Soca. After making her first trip to Africa and learning about the local club and street culture in 2015, she’s been putting effort into popularizing Afrobeats. 。
Born in Kochi Prefecture, HEMO found a similarity between the Kochi Yosakoi Festival and the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival. Since 2008, she’s been heading up a Yosakoi team “CANAVAL” based in Tokyo and Kochi, trying to mix the Festival and the Carnival through music and fashion. In 2015, she formed another team “JAPAN YOSAKOI REN” with FATIMATA and took part in the Ghana Yosakoi Festival, which was started in 2001 with the aim of promoting international exchange through Yosakoi. HEMO will spread Yosakoi all over the world.
HEMO is a rum lover and formed RUM＋CARIBBEAN MUSIC duo “RUMCO.” The duo regularly organizes events in Tokyo and other cities, spreading the greatness of rum. HEMO, who got the Japanese Rum Association’s Rum Concierge qualification in 2014, is a regular guest DJ for “RUM CONNECTION”, the biggest rum event in Asia. Visiting various rum distilleries in Caribbean countries, she will continue to dig deep into rum.
Kevin Little, Rupee, KES THE BAND, Sean Paul, Wayne Wonder, Buju Banton, Tony Curtis, TOK, Wycriff, Machel Montano, Destra, Bunji Garlin, KMC, Mr. Slaughter, Fire Links etc
Elephant man, Vybez Kartel, Wayne Wonder, Sizzla, Ninja Man, Ghost, Spragga Benz Mr Vegas, Capleton, Daville, Lukie D, LUST, Machel Montano, Bunji garlin, TOK, Lady saw, Tanya Stephens MR.LEXX, Fay an Lyons, Isasha, Benjai, Nicky B, RDX etc
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