Japanese Rapper SKY-HI's 3-Hour Home Concert Raises Charity Funds From Fan Donations

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Japanese rapper SKY-HI live-streamed a concert from his home Wednesday (May 6) to reach out to fans self-isolating at home on the final day of Japan's Golden Week of holidays.

The J-pop artist, whose real name is Mitsuhiro Hidaka, performed a whopping 46 songs during the three-hour event that started at 2 p.m., streamed live via his official YouTube channel, his SKY-HI STAFF Twitter, and skyhidaka Instagram accounts. The segment between 3 to 4 p.m. was also broadcast live during J-WAVE's holiday special program called #Ongaku wo tomeruna (Don't Stop the Music) STAY HOME FESTIVAL.

Performing from his home studio space clad in pajamas, SKY-HI kicked off the first hour of his solo concert with 19 songs mainly from his 2018 album, JAPRISON. For the next hour, the rapper performed a set of 15 tracks, mixing old and new numbers, including his collaborative projects with other artists. He took requests for the final hour and delivered 12 songs to cap off the stay-at-home live stream.

SKY-HI's three-hour set took the meaning of "solo concert" to the extreme: Aside from his performance, the versatile artist handled everything by himself including manipulating sound equipment, playing keyboards and acoustic guitar, switching the two cameras in his room, and controlling the lights, including some tasteful candle placement.

The rapper explained that he chose blue lights to express his appreciation for medical workers fighting on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. He reported that fans donated a total of approximately 10 million yen ($94,000) to three causes: Florence, a non-profit that supports families in need of childcare and other assistance; Love Pocket Fund, which supports doctors, nurses and volunteers in the medical field and their children; and the National Center for Global Health and Medicine.

"I managed to save up some money thanks to your support, because you came to my shows, bought my merch and CDs, streamed my songs and watched my videos on YouTube," said the 33-year-old artist, thanking fans for their kindness over the years. "I used some of it to make donations. Just wanted to let you all know directly."

Over 20,000 viewers tuned in to see SKY-HI's stay-at-home concert, which topped Twitter's Japan trends throughout the show.

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