Enka (演歌?) is a popular Japanese music genre considered to resemble traditional Japanese music stylistically.
Middle aged figures in Enka
Modern enka, however, is a relatively recent musical form which arose in the context of such postwar expressions of modern Japanese nonmaterial nationalism as nihonjinron, while adopting a more traditional musical style in its vocalism than ryūkōka music, popular during the prewar years.
Kiyoshi Hikawa (氷川 きよし Hikawa Kiyoshi?) is a Japanese enka singer who was born on September 6, 1977 in Minami-ku, Fukuoka, Japan. His real name is Kiyoshi Yamada (山田 清志 Yamada Kiyoshi?) and he is known as “The Prince of Enka” due to his young age and popularity. When he is marketing non-enka music, he goes by the name KIYOSHI, using capitalized letters of the roman alphabet, instead of kanji or hiragana.
We could say that he is the pioneer of new generation in Enka. What is different of him from ordinary Enca musician is above all he is young. He was 22 years old at his debut.
He is so handsome that he has a lot of female fans.
Jerome Charles White, Jr. (born September 4, 1981), better known by his stage name Jero (ジェロ?), is an American Enka singer of African-American and Japanese descent. He is the first black enka singer in Japanese music history.
He is called “Black ship in Enka world” sometimes. It was surprising to have foreign Enka singer at first, however, his tender voice and his personality let him very popular in Japan.
The Black Ships (in Japanese, 黒船, kurofune, Edo Period term) was the name given to Western vessels arriving in Japan in the 16th and 19th centuries.