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Naha, Okinawa, Japan (1996 – present)

Cocco (real name: Tomoko Makishi, 真喜志智子, born January 19, 1977 in Naha, Okinawa, Japan) is a Ryukyuan J-Pop singer who debuted in 1996 with an EP titled “Cocko”. A track from the EP, “Sing a Song ~No Music, No Life~”, was used in an advertising campaign for Tower Records Japan.
In March 1997, she released her major label debut single “Kauntodaun” and a full-length album followed shortly after. It wasn’t until 1998 when she scored a big hit in Japan with “Tsuyoku Hakanai Monotachi” (“The Strong and Ephemeral”), selling more than 250,000 copies of that single.

Cocco went on to record three more albums, “Kumuiuta” in 1998, “Rapunzel” in 2000, and “Sangurōzu” in 2001. Before the release of “Sangurōzu”, Cocco announced she was retiring from the music business. Later that year, her label released a career retrospective, Best + Ura Best + Mihappyōkyokushū, which contained her singles, some b-sides and five unreleased tracks.

Her retirement didn’t last too long. In 2002, she published her first art book, “Minami no Shima no Hoshi no Suna”. In August 2003, she organized a benefit concert to raise awareness about cleaning up beaches in Okinawa. A DVD documentary titled “Heaven’s Hell followed in December”.

2004 saw her appearance on the Yutaka Ozaki cover album “BLUE” and the publication of her second book, “Minami no Shima no Koi no Uta”, which was accompanied by a limited edition single, “Garnet / Celeste Blue”. In 2005, Cocco collaborated with photographer/singer nanaco on CD/book combination titled “The Bird”.


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