Last year, Japanese singer-songwriter Keisuke Kuwata performed the third and final installment of his popular Act Against Aids Solo Kohaku Uta Gassen series, in which he parodies, in all seriousness, the historic NHK TV music extravaganza broadcast live every New Year’s Eve by covering current and classic J-pop songs by both male and female artists in the style of the famous show.
The Southern All Stars frontman will be releasing a DVD and Blu-ray of this concert, as well as a box set containing all the songs from the three installments as the limited first edition of last year’s show.
The Act Against Aids 2018 3rd Hitori Kohaku Uta Gassen complete box set will contain all songs from the first edition in 2008, the second in 2013, and the third from last year, which adds up to a staggering 171 songs spanning the history of Japanese popular music as interpreted by an artist who has been at the forefront of that scene for over 40 years. Watch the trailer here:
The limited first edition will also come with a booklet complete with photos and data from all three concerts, as well as a rare long interview by the pop-rock superstar reflecting upon his love and respect for the style of Japanese pop music called “kayokyoku,” his thoughts on the Kohaku Uta Gassen program, and his memories from his boyhood days up to the time when his band debuted sensationally back in the late 1970s.
Being one of the most prominent and still relevant figures in the history of J-pop himself, Kuwata’s words reflect his pride as a “musician for the masses,” which is how “pop artist” is written in Japanese.