Pop Music Groups Akb48 and Jkt48 Sing the Famous Song "Aitakatta" in Jakarta, Indonesia
A photo of the girl group JKT48
AKB48 and JKT48 sing Aitakatta in Indonesia
There are stories that deserve coverage and reporting because they are so interesting. The first of these memorable news stories is the concert held in Jakarta, Indonesia involving girl groups AKB48 and JKT48. These two groups sang AKB48’s song Aitakatta in Indonesian! This happened when AKB48 was in Indonesia to witness one of the most positive events of 2015. The last concert for AKB48 in Indonesia was three years ago when JKT48 made its debut. In addition to the coverage of this concert, this article will focus on the effects of the musical contribution between AKB48 and JKT48. The singing of Aitakatta was referred to as a reunion. Whatever it was described as does not matter. What matters is that Japan and Indonesia, two completely different countries in Asia got involved in a cultural and artistic collaboration that will be remembered by AKB48 fans forever if not for a long time.
How many members participated in this concert and how many songs were played?
There were 15 members from AKB48 that took part in this concert including Yui Yokoyama. Yokoyama would replace Minami Takahashi as the general manger of AKB48 and all of its other groups and she would start this new job when she turned 23 in December 2015! Takahashi graduated from AKB48 at the end of March 2016 after more than a decade with Japan’s top girl group. She had previously said that she would graduate in December 2015. Takahashi also held a concert on May 6, 2013 at the venue called Pacifico Yokohama Kokoritsu Dai-Hall in front of 4,000 fans. In addition, there were 67 members of JKT48 that took part in this performance including the cute Haruka Nakagawa. AKB48 and JKT48 performed 35 songs including AKB48’s first song called “Sakura no Hanabiratachi.” It is described as an indies style song. The first song that was performed at the concert was AKB48’s 38th single called Kibouteki Refrain. All of these members also sang when Sakiko Matsui played the piano. There was an audience of 3,500 people as they sang along to every song in Japanese.
Haruka Nakagawa and Yui Yokoyama share their thoughts about the concert
It is wonderful when you can get this kind of cultural contribution among two countries. It is worth putting this event into perspective. But first, let me also say that Yokoyama and Nakagawa took the time to comment on the performance using social media. Yokoyama said through Twitter that she loves JKT48 and described the performance as “fun.” Nakagawa remarked through Google+ that she wants to try her best so that JKT48 can hold a concert in Japan. It is also interesting that now former AKB48 member Aki Takajo, 24, had a concurrent position with JKT48 that was revoked.
Author’s note: the news of the performance of the song Aitakatta in Indonesia is now over three years old as of 2018 but because of the cultural significance of it I have decided to write about it again and offer perspective.
A photo of Aki Takajo and Haruka Nakagawa
Some Perspective on the cultural contribution between AKB48 and JKT48
AKB48 has rose to the top of the pop music genre in Japan setting all kinds of records for singles and album sales. They have surpassed girl group Morning Musume 18 (formerly Morning Musume) even though they have been around for over 12 years as of 2017. AKB48 celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2015. They were formed with the concept of “idols you can meet every day.” With the creative genius and efforts of producer Yasushi Akimoto, AKB48 has expanded to countries such as China and Indonesia. Indonesia being a majority Muslim nation has been open enough to accepting JKT48 and all of its girls as they hold regular theatrical performances and concerts. Their style of dress is similar to that of AKB48 and these girls are also under the control and supervision of management. This means that even they are not allowed to have any boyfriends while they are members of the group. Congratulations to both AKB48 and JKT48 for holding this event, coming together and giving so many people the opportunity to experience a musical collaboration such as this!
The song "Aitakatta" (LIVE in Indonesia)
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