One night with Koda Kumi

Japan’s Queen of Live put on a spectacular performance at her first-ever local solo gig 

Japan’s Queen of Live put on a spectacular performance at her first-ever local solo gig
Japan’s Queen of Live put on a spectacular performance at her first-ever local solo gig
20 Jul 2015

Japan’s Queen of Live put on a spectacular performance at her first-ever local solo gig

Photos: Avex Singapore

Koda Kumi has been long regarded as Japan’s Queen of Live – a title bestowed on her for her shining performances with elaborate stages, fancy footwork and amazing vocals. In the midst of performing in the sprawling arenas in Japan as part of her 15th Anniversary Live Tour 2015 ~WALK OF MY LIFE~, she made a short stop at our sunny island last Saturday (Jul 18) for her first-ever local solo gig as a part of her Koda Kumi Asia Live 2015 tour.

Given the massive scale of the venues in which she usually performs in, one couldn’t help but wonder what a stripped down and intimate show would be like – the Shizuoka Ecopa Arena, where she kicked off her current tour, seats 10,000. In comparison, *SCAPE, where she held her local gig, could only fit 700.

Worries that her showmanship would be dampened by the lack of space proved unfounded, for the 32-year-old lived up to her title and delivered with every moment she had on stage. The 20-song set started the ball rolling with heart-pumping tracks such as ‘House Party’ and ‘Pop Diva’ and charmed the fans with a variety of old and new songs, bringing the best of her tracks for the crowd to enjoy.

One of her best displays of her passion for her music was when she invited a lucky female fan on stage to pick a track from a book and proceeded to croon it while the fan was still next to her on stage – something you don’t see at every concert.

Japan’s Queen of Live put on a spectacular performance at her first-ever local solo gig
Japan’s Queen of Live put on a spectacular performance at her first-ever local solo gig
20 Jul 2015

Japan’s Queen of Live put on a spectacular performance at her first-ever local solo gig

With 15 years of experience under her belt, Koda Kumi has constantly evolved and shared at a press conference held a day before her gig that she is now looking to be seen as fellow females as a cool, independent and strong artiste instead of a sex symbol by men. Her confession of never finding herself as sexy also came as a surprise to many – she was widely known for her ero-kakkoii (sexy-cute) image for many years but that seems set to change.

Her maiden local concert might have been a long time coming for fans – and Koda Kumi herself, too. She chuckled that she was enchanted by our little red dot after performing here as part of the 2011 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMAs) and made plans to return but alas, she found out she had a bun in the oven and they had to be shelved. Now a proud mother of a three-year-old boy, she expressed that being able to return was a joy in itself.

Her words rang true the next day at her concert with her parting speech for the local fans, in which emotions ran high. “I’ve been on the receiving end of words such as ‘You’re never going to be able to realise a huge dream like that’ so much so that I’ve had thoughts about quitting (showbiz). I’m sure that everyone here has times where you wonder others think but your life is yours so I hope you won’t be wavered by what others say and think of you,” she declared prior to belting out her debut track ‘Walk’.

While the show was low on flamboyant theatrics, Koda Kumi made up for it and more with her stunning performances and sincerity – and that’s why she’s the Queen of Live.

Japan’s Queen of Live put on a spectacular performance at her first-ever local solo gig
Japan’s Queen of Live put on a spectacular performance at her first-ever local solo gig
20 Jul 2015

Japan’s Queen of Live put on a spectacular performance at her first-ever local solo gig

Japan’s Queen of Live put on a spectacular performance at her first-ever local solo gig
Japan’s Queen of Live put on a spectacular performance at her first-ever local solo gig
20 Jul 2015

Japan’s Queen of Live put on a spectacular performance at her first-ever local solo gig

Japan’s Queen of Live put on a spectacular performance at her first-ever local solo gig
Japan’s Queen of Live put on a spectacular performance at her first-ever local solo gig
20 Jul 2015

Japan’s Queen of Live put on a spectacular performance at her first-ever local solo gig

Japan’s Queen of Live put on a spectacular performance at her first-ever local solo gig
Japan’s Queen of Live put on a spectacular performance at her first-ever local solo gig
20 Jul 2015

Japan’s Queen of Live put on a spectacular performance at her first-ever local solo gig

Japan’s Queen of Live put on a spectacular performance at her first-ever local solo gig
Japan’s Queen of Live put on a spectacular performance at her first-ever local solo gig
20 Jul 2015

Japan’s Queen of Live put on a spectacular performance at her first-ever local solo gig


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