The hit single “Telephone” by pop-music giants Lady Gaga and Beyonce is once again getting viral online, but this time as a traditional Japanese tune. A duo of Japanese musicians called Team Kozan decided to perform the single with an Eastern influence while incorporating Lady Gaga’s dance moves in their video. When asked why they’re making a rendition of the song, Team Kozan said, “Two years ago, after the terrible earthquake, we Japanese received a lot of support and encouragement from Lady Gaga.”
Using Koto, a Japanese harp, and Shakuhachi, a flute, Team Kozan has given “Telephone” a refreshing Eastern take. The song and the video, which was filmed at the Suga Shrine in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district, were both well received by netizens. Some even expressed their preference on Team Kozan’s version than the original.
It is not uncommon for the Japanese to express their gratitude to musicians for their support and encouragement after Japan was hit by the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011. Some have claimed to find hope just by listening to some artists’ songs. One community even decided to keep playing songs of Arashi, a local pop group, to help their people recover from their nation’s loss.
[via Rocket News]