Japanese singer takes OPM to heart

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Japanese recording artist Aisaku Yokogawa sure knows his Original Pilipino Music (OPM).


“I know more OPM than Japanese songs now. I have more Filipino friends than Japanese friends on Facebook. And I guess I am a Filipino by heart even though my pair of eyes makes me look like I’m asleep,” Yokogawa, who recently released his debut album “Ikaw Pa Rin” which features OPM covers, related in a report on ABS-CBN News.com.

The Japanese jazz singer, who moved in the country some years back, shared his OPM roots.

“I live in a Church so I had the chance to learn good music first from Gary V’s songs. His music covers a lot of genres from pop, dance, soul, jazz to ballads. The first live concert I ever watched in my life was his as well,” Yokogawa narrated, even citing Mr. Pure Energy as his most favorite singer.

He admitted that “modern OPM is something I really love,” and gave credit “to OPM artists who bring the genre to a new level of classy music, like my current favorites Noel Cabangon, Sitti, Gloc-9, Jay-R, Ogie Alcasid and a whole lot more!”

Making the country his second home, Yokogawa finds “the Filipinos more fun to be with, and the country itself as well. I love the Filipino humor, the culture…”

Most importantly, he lauded the “close family ties” of the Filipinos.

“I love my parents and I am glad that I know how to show my love to them like a Filipino son can do.”

His album’s carrier single and title track (originally by Ted Ito) won Best OPM Cover at the 2013 Gawad Musika Awards and Consumers Quality Awards.