Akane Takagi (@akaneamg)

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For the longest time, Jamaica is known for its particular music style and its dancehall moves. However, in recent times Japan has developed a pseudo-Jamaican culture purely inspired by their unique style. It all dates back to when Reggae legend Bob Marley performed in Japan and that is how a new era of music rose up. Since then there are countless new artists that have adapted to this genre. Among very few female Reggae Dancehall singers in Japan there’s one particular singer known by the name Akane Takagi.

Akane Takagi is a songwriter and a performer who has toured and performed all over Japan for the last 10 years. After moving from Australia to Canada, Akane started to write her own songs inspired by Dance hall and Reggae. Being an introvert was not really an advantage for her talent yet she overcame her shyness. It took immense courage for Akane to showcase her talent in front of her friends and since then she has not stopped. The first time she heard Dancehall she felt moved by its whimsical music so she decided to write music inspired by it. She fell in love with it and wanted more people to feel the way she felt. One of the first songs she wrote was Rude Gyal inspired purely by Dancehall. Furthermore, listening to Reggae also inspired her to experiment in this genre. Her love for these genres led her to become one of the biggest artists known in Japan.

Being a singer and a DJ, Akane performs in her original style all across Japan and even Jamaica. One specific song that created a frenzy in Jamaica was Hold Me featuring Busy Signal. It played in every major radio station like Irie FM, Zip FM, and more. Working with Busy Signal was a huge success. Together they got 10th position in American Dancehall chart which is a very big accomplishment for Akane.  After her first solo live performance, she gained immense popularity as an artist. This led her to sign with a major recording label and releasing her début album Expression and soon after that another album called Straighter. The third album D that she did with a Jamaican producer even made a huge impact overseas. She continued to write more songs like Slow Wine, So Complicated, 2Faces, and more. Her songs like 2Faces, 2040, and Mi Body Good even have music videos on YouTube along with her other songs.

In 2012, she joined a new label started by Rudebwoy Face called Magnum Records. Since then she is working under his label and is making her impact in the Japanese Reggae and Dancehall genres by releasing many hit songs. Akane’s vast knowledge about music makes it easier for her to know what her listeners want to hear from her. Even though, the genre she writes her music for is not as popular as J-pop yet she knows it will gain the popularity it deserves in the upcoming years. She continues to write lyrics inspired by her favorite reggae and dancehall artists like Tarrus Riley, Berres Hammond, and Vybz Kartel

By looking at Akane’s social media accounts it is clear she is a pioneer of female dancehall scenes. The immense support she gets from her listeners reflects on her popularity. For her 28.1K Instagram followers, she posts about her songs as well as her travels and merchandise. Her vibrant Instagram paints a picture of her enigmatic personality. Her latest music video on YouTube called The Hunger Society got over 139K views in just a couple of months. 

Putting out new music for her supporters, Akane hopes for Japanese Dancehall and Reggae to get the recognition it deserves all around the globe. Her only dream is for people to listen to her music and fall in love with it like she did when she first discovered reggae and dancehall. She is continuously working towards making people feel inspired by her music and is determined to fulfill her dreams of becoming the best. 

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