Joint Japan-Brazil Pop Concert
“Olha Pro Céu~Look at the Sky~”

Prior to the 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the Japan Foundation will be hosting “Olha Pro Céu~Look at hte Sky~,” a two-day joint Japan-Brazil pop concert in Rio de Janeiro.

This concert is part of a comprehensive cultural exchange program, coinciding with the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, being jointly held by Japan and Brazil in the areas of the visual, film, and performing arts from July through August before the start of the Games in an initiative to ultimately pass the baton from Rio to Tokyo.

The theme song of this concert, “Sukiyaki,” was released in 1961, performed by Kyu Sakamoto, and became a number one hit in the United States in 1963. The song continued to spread throughout the world, including Brazil, becoming a global hit that enjoyed long-lived popularity. The main themes of the concert are the universal feelings of sorrow and the hope that can be born therein, which are expressed in this song that transcends time and nationality and is still sung today.

Photo of The Favela Brass Project
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The Favela Brass Project

The participants in the concert from Japan will be Marcia and the Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, who will be joined by Vanessa Da Mata, a tremendously talented and highly popular singer, and Emicida, a leading rapper. These artists will create a bridge of music connecting Japan and Brazil. In addition, the Japan Foundation will invite children from Brazilian favela communities to the concert sending together a message from Rio de Janeiro to Tokyo and the world in the form of music.
See the website for details on the coinciding art exhibition event.


Dates Friday July 29 and Saturday July 30, 2016 8:30 p.m.
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra
Vanessa Da Mata
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(appearance on video)>
The Favela Brass Project
*The Favela Brass Project is a local non-profit organization that provides English and music education to the children of the favelas in Rio de Janeiro.

Photo of Marcia

Photo of Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra

Photo of Emicida

Photo of Vanessa Da Mata
Vanessa Da Mata

Read an article written by music producer and radio program producer Jin Nakahara.

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