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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

KARA – Mamma Mia! (マンマミーア!)

KARA is one of the legendary Korean groups that made waves of success in Japan during 2010 and 2011, alongside Girls’ Generation and others. Also, I consider them simply one of the best girl groups to come out of Korea in the last ten years, with a discography full of remarkable hit singles.

One of the group’s best songs is called “Mamma Mia!”, and it was released almost simultaneously in Korea and Japan in August 2014 (the Korean version was released one week prior to the Japanese single).

“Mamma Mia!” is a slick dance song, but with strong 80s vibes, something that KARA managed to do very well in its entire catalogue. It’s an explosive and full of energy song, perfect for clubs. And, surprisingly, I was able to dance to it last Saturday in a K-Pop party I attended in Rio de Janeiro. So, even if the DJ was a little bit too focused in boring boy groups and Korean hip-hop songs, it was nice to see this veteran girl group getting some love. At least I wasn’t the only one happy, as the whole crowd went crazy and started doing the choreography (I don’t know any choreography, so just kept jumping and doing awkward dance moves with my friend).

“Mamma Mia!” reached #6 on the Oricon chart, selling 31,864 copies. Lyrics were written by doublekick and Yuu Shimoji (下地悠), while music was composed by doublekick, HOMEBOY and Tenzo & Tasco. As for the arrangement, doublekick was the responsible.


1 comment:

  1. Hi, Marcos.

    I do like that melody line in "Mamma Mia!" At first, when I read the title, I had assumed that it was a cover of the old ABBA classic but was pleasantly surprised that it was an original number with a hint of Madonna in there.

    It must be really nice to be able to go to those dance parties! It's been decades for me since I hit the dance floor...awkwardly.


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