Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra & Takeshi Hosomi get Mexico excited
As the Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra and Takeshi Hosomi took the stage at
As the first Japanese artist to do so, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra (aka Skapara) stood on the main stage of
On April 20th, 2000 people gathered at the outdoor stage in Guadarajara to watch Skapara perform. The opening performance bands were way behind schedule pushing back their performance time to 1:00 am. Even with such a time, the audience waite with excitement while cheers echoed through the night sky of Guadarajara craving for Skapara to come out and perform. When Skapara appeared on the stage, the audience’s excitement reached its peak. At the opening MC, Atsushi Taninaka (B.sax) talked in Spanish, which heated up the audience even more. The audiences called out, “Ole, ole ole ole, Tokyo, Tokyo” making them forget that they were in a foreign country.
In the middle of the concert during an intro with Atsushi Taninaka’s call, Takeshi Hosomi appeared on stage. Just as Skapara did, he receives an enthusiastic welcome from the audience.
The members of Skapara and Takeshi Hosomi unfolded a powerful performace with smiles, heating up the audiences with their energy. Even after Takeshi Hosomi left the stage, the audience’s heat did not cool down and the enthusiastic stage finally came to an end at 2:30am.
The following day, April 21st, they performed at the capital of Mexico, Mexico City. People lined up at the venue Salon21 before the doors opened. There were many street stalls surrounding the venue selling illegal Skapara goods showing Skapara’s popularity in Mexico.
5000 people showed up for this day’s performance at Salon21, selling out all the tickets. After the opening band finished their performance and during the stage conversion, the audience erupted in a non-stop “Tokyo” call filling the concert hall with rumbling cheers so loud that conversation could not take place. With such a strange atmosphere, few staff expressed their concerns, “This could even be dangerous.”
With the opening sound effect playing, the Skapara members full of sprit appeared on stage where they were struck by the roaring sound of the audience’s simmering cheers. To not be outweighed by the power and the energy, the Skapara members performed their first song “Shot In The Dark” in top gear. The next song “Hijyosen Toppa”, NARGO’s firing trumpet blasted the audience and Hajime Oomori (Per) agitating the crowd. For the third song “Skyaraban”, the members on the stage and the audience came to a climax as if the live was coming to an end.
Just like the previous day, Atsushi Taninaka excited the audience by MCing in Spanish. He finishes off with his signature phrase in Japanese, “Have fun as if you are fighting” bringing the crowd’s spirits up. Exactly as stated, the audience screamed with cheer as if they were in a fight as well as having fun with lot of smiles. Skapara members are filled with excitement the intense call of “Ole, ole ole ole, Tokyo, Tokyo” that surpass the energy they got in Guadarajara the previous day. In the middle of the performance when “SKA ME CRAZY” was being performed, just like the title, the audiences got into a “CRAZY” state.
When Takeshi Hosomi appeared on stage with Atsushi Taninaka’s signal, the 5000 people in the crowd welcomed him as well with great excitement. Takeshi Hosomi’s vocal echoed with power and coziness even more in Mexico City exquisitely merging with Skapara’s ensemble. Takeshi Hosomi had the biggest smile out of the three days, jumping around on the stage attracting overflowing smiles from the members of Skapara. After Takeshi Hosomi finished singing the first song, he introduced the second song ”Pride of Lions” with his fluent English, fascinating the members of Skapara as well. With the introduction of the song from Takeshi Hosomi, the audience heated up even more.
Even after Takeshi Hosomi left the stage, smiles still remained on the stage and the audience, and an exciting and raging stage was unfolded. When “One Step Beyond” was played, Takeshi Hosoi came back on stage and started dancing with the members of Skapara. The last song was “All Good Ska is One” completing their performance. With cheers for an encore from the audiences, Skapara members were encouraged to come back on the stage and played “5 days of TEQUILA” guiding the audiences to a higher excitement. At the member introduction, each one expressed their gratitude to the audience and Takeshi Hosomi was called up on stage once again at the end where he expressed his emotions.
The last number of this day was “DOWN BEAT STOMP” where the members of Skapara, Takeshi Hosomi and the audiences danced crazily. After the performance, the members thanked the audience for the energy they exchanged and left the stage.
With this, Skapara members and Takeshi Hosomi’s raging three days came to an end.
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