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中野律紀 (Ritsuki Nakano), born January 19, 1975, professionally known as Rikki (リッキ), is a famous Japanese folk singer. She was born in Amami Oshima, Japan.

She began to sing traditional Japanese folk music when she was four years old. Later, at the age of 15, Rikki was the youngest winner ever to win the “Grand Prix” of the Japanese traditional folk music awards (known as All Japan Minyo awards). She first performed in Tokyo, Japan, at the prestigious Festival Konda Lota in 1992. She released her first single “Maten no Hoshi” (which means “Sky Full of Stars”) in December 1993, originally released in the Kyushu region of Japan. Shortly thereafter, she produced her debut album, Kaze no Koe.

Rikki is widely known by gamers as the singer of the Final Fantasy X main theme, Suteki Da Ne, released as a single on July 18, 2001. Other songs on the single include the Instrumental version of Suteki Da Ne, a vocal remix of Aerith Theme from Final Fantasy VII, and a new song entitled “Utikisama” (which means “The Moon”). One reason why Nobuo Uematsu and Kazushige Nojima chose her to perform Suteki Da Ne (translated into English as “Isn’t It Wonderful?”) is that she is very famous in Japan as a traditional folk singer and they believed that her voice is rather nice and gentle, and that her voice has a higher pitch than the voices of mainstream Japanese singers. Rikki was 26 years old at the time of Final Fantasy X’s release.

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  • crush-zombie

    Everything she does is gold. I wish she'd put out another album, I need more sura-yoi's in my life.

    11 Jul 2014 Reply
  • garynotrashcoug

    Beautiful woman, beautiful voice.

    23 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Oerba-Vanille

    - Suteki Da Ne? - - Isn't it Beautiful? - - Czy to nie jest piękne? - Song of my life

    11 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Dreamycat

    素敌だね is the sovereign song in my heart.

    4 Jul 2012 Reply
  • chaosultimamage

    Suteki da ne was the only song I ever cared about because it was from FFX. I've never listened to other Japanese folk stuff, only Jpop.

    22 Feb 2012 Reply
  • zowki

    > does everyone just listen to suteki da ne with the wrong tag and ignore all her other music? Everyone just listens to Suteki Da Ne. :)

    20 Jun 2011 Reply
  • shadowrider2000

    Her voice is amazing! XD

    3 Dec 2010 Reply
  • LordisBitch

    I love her...she is soooo amazing!!!! Suteki dane will always be her best song!

    7 Aug 2010 Reply
  • SchonerTeufel

    <3

    3 Aug 2010 Reply
  • clytie_hizashi

    Hah, it took me a while to realize she was in Sound Horizon too. *is stupid*

    2 Jul 2010 Reply
  • RSSRII

    LOL! Who tagged RIKKI with visual kei? That's got to be the funniest thing I've seen any artist tagged as in a long time.

    19 Jun 2010 Reply
  • AmeHana

    "Now that RIKKI is back in Sound Horizon, I wonder what kind of role (if at all) she will have on their next album." I am soooo happy that she's back! :D

    20 Apr 2010 Reply
  • tyrique12

    v Agreed!

    17 Mar 2010 Reply
  • RSSRII

    Man, I wish we could hear more artists out of 奄美大島. I absolutely love their style and technique! Now that RIKKI is back in Sound Horizon, I wonder what kind of role (if at all) she will have on their next album.

    6 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Furashubakku

    This chart is a mess. LOL

    30 Oct 2009 Reply
  • nekonohime

    Suteki Da Ne is a masterpiece.

    19 Sep 2009 Reply
  • AndresAnkh

    Join http://www.last.fm/group/Putumayo+Lovers

    18 Jul 2009 Reply
  • Halko

    wowow 素敵だね brings back so many memories.

    11 Jul 2009 Reply
  • tyrique12

    Her voice is truly amazing.

    31 May 2009 Reply
  • bornaudio

    First heard of her via Miss you Amami, beautiful <3

    31 Mar 2009 Reply
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