Maki Asakawa

Maki Asakawa (浅川 マキ, Asakawa Maki, January 27, 1942 – January 17, 2010) was a Japanese jazz and blues singer, lyricist and composer.

Born in Mikawa (now part of the city of Hakusan), Ishikawa Prefecture, after graduating high school she worked for a time as a teller in the local national pensions office before moving to Tokyo. Particularly influenced by the styles of Mahalia Jackson and Billie Holiday, she began her career singing at US Army bases and at cabarets.

Asakawa made her debut recording, "Tokyo Banka/Amen Jiro" with Victor in 1967. After appearing in a series of concerts organized by underground playwright Shuji Terayama in 1968, she signed with Toshiba, presently EMI Music Japan, and released the popular songs, 夜が明けたら (Yo ga aketara; At the Break of Dawn) and かもめ (Kamome; Gull) in 1969. Her debut album, 浅川マキの世界 (Asakawa Maki no Sekai; Maki Asakawa's World), was released in 1970.

In addition to writing and composing, she also released cover versions of US traditional folk and blues, translated to Japanese, such as "Asahi no ataru ie (朝日のあたる家)" (The House of the Rising Sun).

She became popular in the 1970s and had made more than 30 releases by the end of the 1990s, after which she was mostly known for performing live.

Asakawa collaborated with musicians such as Yosuke Yamashita and Ryuichi Sakamoto. She continued performing live until the time of her death. Scheduled to perform in Nagoya January 15–17, 2010, she died before her show on the 17th, at the age of 67, of heart failure.

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Releases

Sleeve Title Year Format
浅川マキ* = Maki Asakawa - 夜が明けたら/かもめ 1971 Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single, Repress
浅川マキ* = Maki Asakawa - 夜が明けたら/かもめ 1971 Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single, Repress
浅川マキ* = Maki Asakawa - 夜が明けたら/かもめ 1969 Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single, Stereo
浅川マキ* - ちっちゃな時から/ふしあわせという名の猫 1970 Vinyl, 7", Single
浅川マキ* - 流れを渡る 1977 Vinyl, LP, Album, Promo
Maki Asakawa - 少年 (Shonen) / めくら花 (Mekurabana) 1971 Vinyl, 7", Single, Promo
浅川マキ* - アメリカの夜 1986 Cassette, Album
浅川マキ* - 寂しい日々 1978 Vinyl, LP, Album
浅川マキ* - ちょっと長い関係のブルース 2021 Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
浅川マキ* - ブルー・スピリット・ブルース = Blue Spirit Blues 2011 CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered
浅川マキ* - Maki II 1992 CD, Album, Reissue
浅川マキ* - 幻の男たち 1983 Vinyl, LP, Album, Promo
浅川マキ* - 見えないカメラ / アメリカの夜 2022 Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single, Limited Edition, Reissue
浅川マキ* - 夕凪のとき / それはスポットライトではない 1976 Vinyl, 7", Single, Promo, Stereo
浅川マキ* - 港の彼岸花 / 赤い橋 1971 Vinyl, 7", Single
浅川マキ* - ちょっと長い関係のブルース 1985 Vinyl, LP, Album
浅川マキ* - 少年 / めくら花 1971 Vinyl, 7", Single
浅川マキ* - Selected Album By Maki 1984 Vinyl, LP, Compilation
浅川マキ* - One 1980 Vinyl, LP, Album, Promo
Maki Asakawa - Who's Knocking On My Door 2011 CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered
浅川マキ* - シングル・コレクション 2020 CD, Compilation, Limited Edition, Reissue
浅川マキ* - Underground 2011 CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered
浅川マキ* - こぼれる黄金の砂~ What It Be Like 1987 CD, Album
浅川マキ* - Some Years Parst 1985 Cassette, Album
浅川マキ* - 流れを渡る 1977 Vinyl, LP, Album
浅川マキ* - Nothing At All To Lose 2021 Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
浅川マキ* - 夜が明けたら/かもめ 1969 Vinyl, 7", Single
浅川マキ* - 裏窓 / 翔べないカラス 1973 Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single
Maki* - 灯ともし頃 2011 CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered
浅川マキ* - One 2011 CD, Album, Remastered, Reissue
浅川マキ* - 夕凪のとき / それはスポットライトではない 1976 Vinyl, 7", Single, Stereo
Maki* - 浅川マキの世界 1973 Vinyl, LP, Album, Repress, Stereo
浅川マキ* - My Man 2011 CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered
浅川マキ* - 裏窓 / 翔べないカラス 1973 Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single, Promo
浅川マキ* - Underground 1987 CD, Album
浅川マキ* - Selected Album By Maki 2011 CD, Compilation, Remastered, Reissue
Maki Asakawa - Underground 1987 Vinyl, LP, Album
Maki Asakawa - 黒い空間 1994 CD, Album, Promo
浅川マキ* - Selected Album By Maki 1984 Cassette, Compilation
浅川マキ* - Live 1972 Vinyl, LP, Album
浅川マキ* - One 1980 Vinyl, LP
Maki Asakawa - Who's Knocking On My Door 1983 Vinyl, LP, Album
Maki Asakawa - Darkness II 1996 CD, Compilation
浅川マキ* - My Man 1982 Vinyl, 7", Single, Promo
浅川マキ* - 夜が明けたら 1999 CD, Compilation
浅川マキ* - Mr. マジック・マン / 寂しい日々 1978 Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single, Promo, White Label, Stereo
Maki Asakawa - Darkness I 1995 CD, Compilation
浅川マキ* - Live 1975 Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
浅川マキ* - ライヴ 夜 1978 Vinyl, LP, Album
浅川マキ* - Cat Nap 1982 Vinyl, LP, Album

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