Jun Chikuma

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Jun Chikuma
Native name
竹間淳[nb 1]
Also known as
  • June Chikuma
  • Chiki
  • Musician
  • composer
  • arranger
Years active1985–present

Jun Chikuma (竹間 淳, Chikuma Jun)[nb 1] is a Japanese music composer and musician. She is most known for her various contributions to the Bomberman series, amongst other video game soundtracks.[2]

She has studied ney performance and Tunisian style composition under professors Slah Manaa, Ali Sriti and Zakia Hannashi at l'Institut Superieur de la Musique de Tunis, and studied riq under Haytham Farghaly of the same institute.[3] She currently curates arab-music.com, and has also made music for many TV shows, films, and commercials.[3] She is also a part-time lecturer at Kokushikan University,[3] and has since performed many concerts with the classical Arabic music ensemble Le Club Bachraf, with oud player Yoshiko Matsuda and darbuka player Takako Nomiya.[4]

Musical style[edit]

Her soundtrack for Bomberman Hero features drum and bass and acid techno styles, heavily incorporating fast breakbeats and sub-bass lines from the former genre.[5][6]


Video games[edit]

Other works[edit]

  • "Samai Bayati Al Aryan" on Music Design (1994) - with Le Club Bachraf
  • "Ismael Hayat" on Ten Plants (1998)
  • Musique classique de Tunisie et d'Egypte (2000) - with Le Club Bachraf
  • Concert at Dar Rachidia (2013) - with Le Club Bachraf


  1. ^ a b She often writes her first name name in katakana, i.e. Jun Chikuma (竹間 ジュン, Chikuma Jun).[1]


  1. ^ "Chikuma Jun purofiiru" 竹間ジュン・プロフィール [Jun Chikuma profile] (in Japanese). Arab-music.com. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  2. ^ Ten Plants (booklet) (in Japanese). Various Artists. Biosphere Records. 1998. p. 16.
  3. ^ a b c "Jun Chiki Chikuma, Nay player and Composer". Arab-music.com. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  4. ^ "Imēji no chikara - Kokuritsu Minzoku-gaku Hakubutsukan korekushon ni saguru: Kaimaku kinen ibento miru・kiku・asobu imēji no chikara uiikuendo" 「イメージの力-国立民族学博物館コレクションにさぐる」開幕記念イベント みる・きく・あそぶ イメージの力ウィークエンド [The Power of Image — National Ethnographic Museum Collection: Opening Event — See, Listen, Play — The Power of Image Weekend] (in Japanese). The National Art Center, Tokyo. 2014. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  5. ^ Corcoran, Nina (August 1, 2016). "Nintendo 64's Hidden Musical Gems". Pitchfork. Conde Nast. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  6. ^ Stabler, Brad; Twells, John; Bowe, Miles; Wilson, Scott; Lea, Tom (April 28, 2015). "The 100 Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time". Fact. The Vinyl Factory. sec. 80. Bomberman Hero. Retrieved September 17, 2018.

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