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Women Singers in Global ContextsMusic, Biography, Identity$
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Ruth Hellier

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037245

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037245.001.0001

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Akiko Fujii

Akiko Fujii

Telling the Musical Life Stories of a Hereditary Jiuta Singer of Japan

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(p.38) 1. Akiko Fujii
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Women Singers in Global Contexts
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Shino Arisawa

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037245.003.0002

This chapter focuses on Japanese singer Akiko Fujii. She was born into a prestigious musical family in the 1960s, having both a mother and grandmother who were renowned singers of jiuta, an inherited male-dominated vocal tradition. When Akiko was in her forties, her brother became the head of their mother's music school, forcing her towards major life decisions—including a career as a professional jiuta performer, rather than a teacher. Following a path of independence, passion, and inspiration, Akiko chose to break new ground by adapting her performance style to draw in audiences and create intimacy, resisting criticism of an older generation and risking disapproval of her mother. Within a traditional context of profound family pressure, Akiko has created a singing career for herself through perseverance and determination.

Keywords:   Akiko Fuuji, juita singer, Japanese music, male-dominated music, music schools, singing career

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