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Modern enka (演歌 — from 演 en performance, entertainment, and 歌 ka song) came into being in the postwar years of the Shōwa period. It was the first style to synthesize the Japanese pentatonic scale with Western harmonies. The vocal style is greatly influenced by traditional Japanese music while instrumentation is often orchestral, occasionally utilizing traditional instruments such as the shinobue or shamisen. Enka lyrics, as in Portuguese Fado, usually are about the themes of love and loss, loneliness, enduring hardships… read more

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