Monday, April 11, 2016
Berryz Kobo -- cha cha SING
Thai cuisine has become my favorite foreign cuisine for some years now. Therefore, after my Saturday morning nihongo class, I was more than happy to finally visit the third Thai restaurant I found in Rio de Janeiro.
Even though it was my sixth time eating Thai food (I went twice to one restaurant and three times to other), I was not entirely familiar with everything they use to include on the menu, so I tried a little bit of everything they had, including things I usually don’t eat (fresh vegetables, to be more specific). In the end, I enjoyed pretty much everything (even the fresh vegetables spring rolls and fish dumplings), but it was the jasmine rice with coconut milk and red curry paste, which was already a favorite of mine since the visits I did to the other restaurants in the past, that saw me repeating countless times. It was just amazing!
After eating a lot, I just started thinking about Thai music, and how little I know about it, while on the bus returning home. At the end, the closest thing I had on my cell phone was “cha cha SING”, a Berryz Kobo’s (Berryz工房) cover of a Thai song, which they released as a single in July 2012.
“cha cha SING” is a fun song in that comical/parody style Morning Musume (モーニング娘。) liked to do around 2000, wich exotic sounding songs like “Koi no Dance Site” (恋のダンスサイト) and “Happy Summer Wedding” (ハッピーサマーウェディング), for example. The arrangement is top-notch with all the synths and traditional sounds, and even though it may sound a little stereotyped at times, Berryz did a very good job covering it (catchiness level is pretty high as well). Speaking of cover, the original by Bird Thongchai can be heard below.
“cha cha SING” reached #6 on the Oricon charts, selling 33,001 copies. Lyrics were written by Mukek Jongmankhong, while Japanese lyrics were written by Tsunku (つんく). Sudsan Wongsamut was the responsible for music, and, finally, Kaoru Okubo (大久保薫) did the arrangement.