NaNa (band)

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Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres Downtempo, trip hop, alternative rock, experimental rock
Years active 1996–present
Labels Gutbounce, Gut/For Life Records, Warner Music Japan, One Dot Records
Members Chikako Watanabe
Shigeo Tamaru

NaNa is a Japanese musical duo from Tokyo, Japan, consisting of Chikako Watanabe and Shigeo Tamaru .[1] Their music draws on several influences including alternative rock, experimental rock, trip hop and downtempo.[2]


Watanabe (vocal) and Tamaru (guitar/producer) came together to form NaNa in 1996. NaNa's chief goal was to create high quality demo tapes that would showcase their music to the world market. In the summer of 1997, NaNa got an offer from Ryuichi Sakamoto to be on his Radio show, and they appeared on the program.[1] This led NaNa into their debut from Sakamoto's label.[citation needed] NaNa's first EP topped the Indies chart including Tower Records in Tokyo.[3][4][third-party source needed] Afterward they released two albums and four EP from Gut/Forlife label[5] and Warner Music Japan.[6] In 2007, they started digital distribution on iTunes and Amazon. Then they have since increased the number of the listeners little by little in different countries. Starting in 2007, NaNa's tracks have gradually received air-play primarily in the UK and the US.[citation needed] As of 2010, their music came to be listened to all over the world via local and Satellite Radio, and BBC[7][8] regardless of the type of Radio station.



  • Void (1999, Gut)
  • Imaginary Man (2002, Warner Music Japan)
  • "Imaginary Man (Bonus Track Version)" (2013, Warner Music Japan)


  • Red (1998, Gutbounce)
  • "S" (2000, Dream Machine/Warner Music Japan)
  • "Remember Me" (2016, Warner Music Japan)


Chart performance[edit]

In 2011, NaNa was ranked on the Billboard Uncharted, peaking to 12th place.[9] In December 2011, they ranked No. 41 place on the Billboard's "The Best of 2011" (Year-End Chart, USA).[10]


  1. ^ a b "Official NaNa Website – About". Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ No Depression: Interview: Shigeo Tamaru of NaNa BY STACEY ZERING JANUARY 14, 2018
  3. ^ "NaNa / Barks – About". Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ "NaNa, Profile". Warner Music Japan. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  5. ^ "NaNa Discography at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  6. ^ "NaNa, Discography". Warner Music Japan. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  7. ^ "BBC Radio 6 Music - Don Letts, 14/11/2009 Music played". BBC 6 Music Don Letts - Culture Clash Radio. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  8. ^ "BBC Asian Network - Pathaan's Musical Rickshaw Tracklisting". BBC Asian Network. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Billboard Magazine Archives (April 8 - June 11, 2011)". Billboard Magazine. Google books. April 16, 2011. p. 36. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  10. ^ ""Billboard Magazine Archives (October 1 - December 17, 2011)"". Billboard Magazine. Google books. December 17, 2011. p. 65. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 

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