Singer from Japan performs Abai’s song in Japanese

Singer from Japan performs Abai’s song in Japanese

A famous singer from Japan, the Land of the Rising Sun, Ranka performed the song ‘Kozimnin karasy’ (The apple of my eye) in Japanese in honor of the 175th birth anniversary of the great Kazakh poet Abai Kunanbaiuly. Specially for this performance, a production company created a traditional Japanese arrangement of a song with the sound of the koto, the national plucked string musical instrument of Japan. The lyrics of the song were translated into Japanese by Professor of the Wako University Hiroki Sakai, who is the author of several books about the folklore and mythological legacy of Kazakh people, including the Japanese translation of Abai’s ‘Words of Edification’.

“The purpose of the goodwill project of the friends of the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Japan is to popularize Kazakh culture by transmitting the artistic and aesthetic content of Abai’s work in Japanese language,” Kazakh Foreign Ministry said.

Ranka is a composer and performer of Japanese folk and contemporary music, and a Grand Prix winner of the Japan Record Awards.