Ua (singer)

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Ua
Birth name Kaori Shima
嶋 歌織 (Shima Kaori)
Also known as Uua
Born (1972-03-11) March 11, 1972 (age 42)
Origin Suita, Osaka, Japan
Genres Pop, jazz, electronica, alternative rock, R&B, reggae, folk
Occupations Singer-songwriter, record producer, actress
Years active 1995–present
Labels Speedstar Records
Associated acts Ajico
Website Official website

Kaori Hasegawa (長谷川 歌織 Hasegawa Kaori?) (born March 11, 1972 in Suita, Osaka, Japan), simply known by the stage name UA (Japanese pronunciation: [ɯːa]), is a Japanese singer-songwriter. She debuted under Speedstar Records in 1995 with the single "Horizon".[1]

Biography[edit]

Ua was born Kaori Shima and grew up in Suita, Osaka. After graduating from Saga University of Arts in Kyoto, she worked as a lounge singer in her hometown. There, she was scouted by producer Hiroshi Fujiwara. She took on the unusual stage name of UA (a Swahili word that means both "flower" and "kill") and made her debut with the Fujiwara-produced "Horizon".[2] Her fourth single "Jōnetsu" became a smash hit and Ua was recognized all over Japan.[1]

After releasing her first album, 11, Ua married actor Jun Murakami and gave birth to a son.[3] The couple divorced in 2006.[3] In 2000, after two more albums, Ametora and Turbo, Ua took a hiatus from her solo work and formed the band Ajico with Kenichi Asai.[1] She resumed her solo activities in 2002 and released her fourth album, Dorobō. The same year she made her acting debut as the leading role in the film Mizu no Onna, as well as contributing to the soundtrack.[1] The film went on to win the Golden Alexander prize for Best Feature-Length Film at the International Thessaloniki Film Festival and was screened at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.[1]

In 2003, Ua released Illuminate: The Very Best Songs, her first compilation album.[4] In April that year, she expanded her activities by becoming the hostess named Uua (Japanese pronunciation: [ɯːɯːa]) of an educational TV program on NHK called Do Re Mi no TV, designed to pass along Japanese traditional songs to children.[1] Utauua, a compilation of the songs performed, was released in 2004.[5] The same year she released her fifth album, Sun, which was mastered by grammy-winning mastering engineer Ted Jensen.[1] In 2005, she released her sixth album, Breathe, and a compilation album of collaborations titled Nephews to mark her 10th anniversary.[6][7] In 2006, Ua collaborated with renowned jazz musician Naruyoshi Kikuchi on the album Cure Jazz.[8] In 2007, in addition to releasing her seventh album Golden Green, Ua made a second foray into acting by appearing in Hitoshi Matsumoto's directorial debut Dai Nipponjin.[9][10]

In 2008, Ua revealed that she married again and gave birth to a daughter, in August. In December, she released the single "2008", followed by her eighth album, Atta, in July 2009.[3][11][12] In April 2010, Ua released her fourth live album, entitled Haluto Live.[13]

In September 2010, her combined house and studio in Shinagawa accidentally burned down; no one was injured.[14]

Discography[edit]

Main article: Ua discography

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Mizu no Onna Ryo Shimizu Lead role
2007 Dai Nipponjin Manager Kobori
2009 Eatrip Herself Documentary movie
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Shiritsu Tantei Hama Mike Naomi Episode 2
2003–2006 Do Re Mi no TV Uua

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "UA - artister - JaME Sverige". JaME World. 2009-07-18. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  2. ^ (Japanese) "UA : バイオグラフィー / BARKS アーティスト". Barks. 2007-01-10. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  3. ^ a b c "UA pregnant with second child - Tokyograph". Tokyograph. 2008-05-05. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  4. ^ (Japanese) "[UA] 初のベストアルバムを2枚組で発表!映像作品も同時リリース!|エキサイトミュージック(音楽)". Excite. 2003-08-13. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  5. ^ (Japanese) "UAの沖縄民謡が日仏合作映画「ユキとニナ」主題歌に抜擢 - livedoor ニュース". Livedoor. 2009-12-22. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  6. ^ (Japanese) "UAが日比谷野外音楽堂でのライヴを開催 - OOPS!". Oops!. 2005-03-30. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  7. ^ (Japanese) "UAがコラボレーション楽曲などを集めた裏ベスト盤『Nephews』発売 - OOPS!". Oops!. 2005-10-06. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  8. ^ (Japanese) "UA×菊地成孔『cure jazz』の全曲試聴がスタート - OOPS!". Oops!. 2006-07-01. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  9. ^ (Japanese) "UA(ウーア)アルバム「Golden green」6月20日リリース - OOPS!". Oops!. 2007-05-03. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  10. ^ (Japanese) "女性シンガー"UA"松本人志の初監督作品映画「大日本人」に出演 - OOPS!". Oops!. 2007-03-30. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  11. ^ (Japanese) "ナタリー - UA新作ジャケ公開&アメトラDVDが低価格で再発". Natalie. 2008-11-13. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  12. ^ (Japanese) "ナタリー - "歌手UA"本領発揮アルバム「ATTA」に細野晴臣も参加". Natalie. 2009-05-20. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  13. ^ (Japanese) "ナタリー - UA、デビュー15周年記念の東阪野外ワンマンライブ開催". Natalie. 2010-04-07. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  14. ^ (Japanese) "UA自宅火災に事務所がコメント「家族4人が怪我もなく、無事な事が不幸中の幸い」". ORICON STYLE. 2010-09-27. Retrieved 2013-03-13. 

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