Kuwata Keisuke is a Japanese pop/rock singer-songwriter. He is the vocalist and leader of the group Southern All Stars.
Keisuke Kuwata (born February 26, 1956) has gained fame as a Japanese multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and frontman for the Southern All-Stars.
Kuwata is known for his willingness to experiment with differing genres of Western music as well as J-pop music in his native Japan. As a musician, Kuwata performs primarily as lead guitarist and vocalist, although he has experimented with playing in a variety of positions, and released one album in which he played every instrument on the record. Kuwata is ranked #12 in a list of the top 100 musicians in Japan in 2006.
Kuwata has worked as a record producer, a movie director, has recorded albums as bandleader of his own band, the Kuwata Band, and has worked on projects scoring music to film.
Film work, record scoring
Kuwata directed the movie, Inamura Jane, for which he composed the music. It was released on September 8, 1990 by Toho. Previously, he composed the music for Aiko 16-sai in 1983, which won the Award of the Japanese Academy for Newcomer of the Year, and the Yokohama Film Festival's Festival Prize for Yasuko Tomita as Best New Actress. He has also written the scores for several Japanese films. Kuwata wrote the theme song, "Ashita Hareru Kana", featured in the popular Japanese television drama series, Operation Love, which won the award for "Best Television Theme Song" at the 53rd Japanese Television Awards, in 2007.
Kuwata's wife, Yuko Hara, is also a member of the Southern All Stars. She is a vocalist and plays keyboards. The two met while in college, where they were in the same circle of musicians. They share a love of the blues. They have two sons.
Keisuke Kuwata (1988)
From Yesterday (フロム イエスタデイ) (1992)
Kodoku-no Taiyō (孤独の太陽) The Sun of Solitude, 1994)
Rock and Roll Hero (2002)
Top Of The Pops (2002)
Singles of the Kuwata Band, 1986
"Ban Ban Ban" (1986)
"Skipped Beat" (スキップ・ビート )
"Merry Christmas In Summer"
Singles with the Southern All-Stars
"Sad feelings (Just a man in love)" (1987)
"Kanashii Kimochi" ("(悲しい気持ち )"
"Ituka Dokoka-de" ("Somewhere some time (I Feel The Echo)" ("いつか何処かで" ) (1988)
"Mayonaka-no Dandy" ("真夜中のダンディー") "Midnight's Dandy" (1993)
"Tsuki" ("月") "Moon" (1994)
"Matsuri-no-ato" ("祭りのあと") "After the carnival" (1994)
"Naminori Jonny" ("波乗りジョニー") "Surfing Jonny" (2001)
"Shiroi koibitotachi" ("白い恋人達") "White Lovers" (2001)
"Tokyo" ("東京") (2002)
"Ashita Harerukana" ("明日晴れるかな") "Will it Be Sunny Tomorrow?" (2007)
"Kaze no Uta o Kikasete" ("風の詩を聴かせて") "Listen to the Wind's Song" (2007)
"Darling" ("ダーリン") (2007)
Super Chimpanzee performed with Cri Indefinietely
Kuri-to Itsumademo (クリといつまでも) (1991)
Kuri-to Itsumademo-no Karaoke-Tsuki (クリといつまでものカラオケ付き)- Includes Karaoke by When
Keisuke Kuwata and Mr. Children
Kiseki-no Hoshi (奇跡の地球(ほし) Earth of miracle (1995)
Keisuke Kuwata and Yuzo Kamon
Kuwata Keisuke, Yuzo Kamon & Victor Wheels Live!(嘉門雄三 & Victor Wheels Live! (1982)
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