'Japanese Thursdays' asks for more aid
Hasani Walters, Gleaner Writer
Japanese Thursdays, a weekly party held at Club View, 39 Eastwood Park Road, St Andrew, was started by Japanese Yumi and Jun. They have been involved in the Jamaican and Japanese music industries for some time, but certainly did not expect that the event's start would almost coincide with the huge earthquake which rocked their homeland.
"We go to Junior Reid studio to cut the dub plates for Japanese sounds as usual. Junior Reid is popular with the Japanese sounds. From last year Andrew (Reid) gave me the idea to keep like a dance, Japanese Thursdays. Some Japanese want to play in Jamaica. Yes, Japanese love reggae," said Yumi.
Jun said the massive earthquake hit Japan in the second week that Japanese Thursdays was held. They received the news via social-networking sites Facebook and Twitter. The two partnered with Junior Reid and decided to donate the proceeds of last Thursday's and yesterday's event to those affected by the disaster.
The ladies have been trying to get corporate entities involved as well, as no matter how much the contribution is it will make a difference. "Every artiste who the Japanese support with albums and such should come out. So that mean everybody come out!" said Yumi.
The two are also planning a Japanese We Are The World style song, royalties from which will also go to Japan. They already have a few artistes on the project and they say they have the necessary production skills to complete the project.
Yumi said that monetary contribution is appreciated, but so is moral support. "Not only money but messages can help too. I have a friend in New York who can translate the messages to Japanese and send them to Japan by Twitter," she said.
Jun added that several of her friends in Japan are looking forward to words of encouragement from reggae artistes. "They said if they get messages from reggae artistes that would help because it has so much power in it," she said.
The entertainment at Japanese Thursdays is predominantly by Japanese, as music will be provided by Kevin Hype, CU1 and Yumi Hi-Power (the number one mobile sound in Jamaica), among other Japanese sounds. Japanese artistes, deejays and dancers are also slated to attend.
"Whole lot of artistes come hol di mic, yu nuh. DJ pon di mic. Nuff Japanese dancers too!" said Yumi.
The event runs from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.