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MONKEY MAJIK

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Sendai, Japan (2000 – present)

MONKEY MAJIK is a band formed in Sendai, Japan in 2000. The band consists of two canadians brothers, Maynard and Blaise Plant, and two Japanese members, drummer Takuya “Tax” Kikuchi and bass player Hideki “DICK”. MONKEY MAJIK’s music is energetic pop-rock with lyrics in both English and Japanese. One of the Plant brothers, Maynard (blanc.), came to Japan in 1997 as an English teacher and speaks fluent Japanese. He then later invited his brother, Blaise Plant, to Japan to form a band due to the interest of music that they shared. They have 7 original albums, 3 Mini-albums, 16 singles and 3 compilation albums.

The band’s first big hit was the single Around The World, the theme song of the TV drama Saiyuuki-Journey to the West. In 2007 they worked on a number of collaborations with other J-pop artists, including hip-hop duo m-flo (“Picture Perfect”), SEAMO (“卒業、そして未来へ。”) and the 吉田兄弟 (“Change”).

The album 空はまるで (Sora wa Maru de), was released July 25, 2007. 空はまるで is MONKEY MAJIK’s fourth original full-length album. The first press of the album includes two bonus tracks from the MONKEY MAJIK × MONKEY MAGIC single. The song 空はまるで was used as the Yokohama Type image song and became the first song in Japanese History to reach #1 on USEN Request Chart before being released.

On September 2008, they released another album, TIME and the album opened its first week at #2 on the Oricon Chart. They also made a collaboration with 土屋アンナ for the song GINGER that was featured in her album, NUDY SHOW! and was used for the Asahi Ginger Draft commercial song.

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