Karaoke pronounced [karaoke]; listen is a form of
entertainment in which an amateur singer or singers sing along with recorded
music on microphone. The music is typically of a well-known song in which
the voice of the original singer is absent or reduced in volume. Lyrics are
usually also displayed, sometimes including color changes synchronized with
the music, on music video to guide the sing-along.
What is thought of as karaoke today was popularized by the Japanese singer Daisuke Inoue in Kobe, Japan in 1970. After becoming popular in Japan, Japanese Karaoke first spread to East and Southeast Asia during the 1980s and subsequently to other parts of the world.
It has been common to provide musical entertainment at a dinner or a party in Japan, as in the rest of the world, for a long time. This tradition appeared in the earliest Japanese mythology. For a long time, singing and dancing remained one of the few adult entertainments in rural areas. Noh was initially played at a tea party and guests were welcomed to join in for a cheer or a shout of praise. Dancing and singing was also a part of a samurai's education. It was expected that every samurai have a dance or a song they could perform. During the Taisho period, Utagoe Kissa, (literally song coffee shop), became popular and customers sung to a live performance of a music band.
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