The last thing you expect when you are buying old Salsa vinyls in Colombia is to find a Japanese track on them. When back in Berlin and putting the needle on, you suddenly hear a song called ‘Amor japonés’, Japanese Love, a song apparently from an artist called Akaina Akamoto. It’s a truly beautiful, hypnotizing and fascinating track. So I googled for more information on Ms. Akamoto and I wondered: there is not a single further song by Akaina Akamoto. Not a song, not a hint on that singer, just that one track. I got a bit deeper and found a bizarre story: it seems that a Japanese sailor arrived in Colombia and exchanged some records with a local and that guy brought those records to a friend who worked in a radio station. They fell in love with this song and Akaina Akamoto was born.
For airplay they simply made up a name for the singer and the song, the track which is originally called The Secret of Last Night and was interpreted by Tomoko Ogawa in 1968, started a second life in Colombia’s Valle del Cauca region. They even took it again on vinyl, on local salsa records, like the one I bought in Bogotá.
Back in Berlin I thought of Yuri, a singer from Japan I collaborated with, and that she could sing that tune again, now in 2017 and so she did. Later I made a dark hop base for it and got the magic Mr. O. Savu in Romania to create a remix on top: so that great song from Ms. Ogawa appears some 50 years later, beautiful as ever. I also made a video clip from a Kekko Kamen movie, it fits amazingly well and the 16-bit version of the song is also in the making. From Japan to Colombia, from Colombia to Berlin and back to Japan… a fantastic journey in music.
The O. Savu MASAMI edit_
#update 4/12/17> and the 16bit edit is here: