Jero the enka star

Jero aka Jerome Wright Jr, 27, is an African American singer from Pennsylvania who won the Best New Artist award at the Japan Record Awards show, the Japanese version of the Grammys.

His style is “a melodramatic genre of Japanese music called enka” a form typically more popular with older generations. Jero was first exposed to this form of music through his Japanese grandmother who had met his grandfather, an African American serviceman during World War II. Since his fresh appearance on the Japanese stage, Jero has helped revitalize this genre. He recently performed at the Cherry Blossom festival in Washington DC.

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