Mai Yamane

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Mai Yamane
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Background information
Born (1958-10-09) October 9, 1958 (age 59)
Izumo, Shimane, Japan
Genres Japanese Pop
Occupation(s) Singer, Lyricist
Instruments Piano
Years active 1980–present

Mai Yamane (山根 麻以, Yamane Mai) is a Japanese singer, well known for her work on the Cowboy Bebop soundtrack with Yoko Kanno. Her career started at the very beginning of the 1980s when she participated in a young singer's contest in Japan. Six months later she finished her first album, Tasogare (1980). She recorded as a solo artist until 1995, releasing albums like The Day Before Yesterday (1984), Flying Elephants (1985), Embassy (1986), Woman Tone (1988) and 1958 (1989). She has also collaborated with many artists, e.g. in 1993 she worked on project Yamane Mai Kubota Haruo Unit with Haruo Kubota. In 1995 she started playing with New Archaic Smile. At present, she has recorded 11 albums. The last time she performed abroad was on 20 June 2007 in Seoul, as a member of Yoko Kanno team. In 2017, her song "Tasogare" was rediscovered via the future funk movement along with songs by other Japanese artists like Tatsuro Yamashita, Taeko Ohnuki, Kimiko Kasai, Junko Yagami, Mariya Takeuchi, and Junko Ohashi.

New Archaic Smile[edit]

New Archaic Smile (NAS) is a Japanese band, where Mai Yamane is a vocalist. The band's philosophy is to have a smile for the 21st century world. Besides Mai, there are also two other members of the Yamane family: Mai's sister Eiko Yamane and brother Satoru Yamane. The rest of the band are Sano brothers Satoshi and Atsushi. In 1997 the Futsuu no Uta project was born in collaboration with June Chiki Chikuma. She recorded 3 more albums with New Archaic Smile: Kin no Himo in 2001, Yasashii kimochi in 2003 and Yakitori no uta in 2004.


  • Tasogare (1980)
  • Will (1982)
  • The Day Before Yesterday (1984)
  • 月光浴 (1984)
  • Sorry (1985)
  • Flying Elephants (1985)
  • Embassy (1986)
  • Woman Tone (1988)
  • 1958 (1989)

Vocals (anime)[edit]

Cowboy Bebop OST:

  • "Want It All Back"
  • "Pushing The Sky"
  • "Rain" (Demo version)
  • "Don't Bother None"
  • "See You Space Cowboy"
  • "Mushroom Hunting" (Live version)
  • "Blue"
  • "The Real Folk Blues"
  • "Gotta Knock a Little Harder"

Black Jack OST:

  • "Invisible Love" (Starting & ending song)

Mirage of Blaze OST:

  • "Vision of Flames "
  • "Tears of Indigo"
  • "Blaze"
  • "Pearly Gate"
  • "Insanity"
  • "Chikai ~ Book of the Days"
  • "Lamentation" (feat. Yoko Ueno)

Macross Plus OST:

  • "After in the dark "

Vision of Escaflowne OST:

  • "If You"

Darker Than BLACK OST:

  • "ScatCat"
  • "No One's Home"

Mai Yamane has also performed at the NGO Global Village during Expo 2005 in Aichi, Japan. In 2002 she had a concert in Paris.

In 2000 Yamane Mai also performed at Inochi no Matsuri, The "Festival of Life" in Nagano, Japan.

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