Last December, the Japanese melodic punk band WANIMA appeared in a program by Japan’s national broadcasting organization NHK and worked with 1,000 “Generation 18” teenagers to put on a special live performance of the band’s song “Signal.”
The program, called “WANIMA 18 Matsuri - 1,000 Nin No Signal - ” (WANIMA 18 Festival - Signal of 1,000 People - ), defined “Generation 18” as teens aged 17 to 19 and selected a thousand participants from around the country to work on the project.
The three-piece rockers wrote “Signal” specifically for this program and collaborated with the teens to put on a one-time-only performance of the song featuring a horn section and hundreds of backup singers.
The 75-minute program culminating in the uplifting performance by the band and the young people with various backgrounds and reasons for participating in the project created a buzz on social media when it aired on Dec. 20 2017.
Due to high demand, the footage of the actual performance has been uploaded on NHK’s official YouTube channel and the network’s Dogarage short video viewing site.
“Signal” is included in WANIMA’s latest album Everybody!!, which peaked at No. 1 on Billboard Japan’s Hot Albums chart earlier this year.
Watch WANIMA and 1,000 teens perform “Signal” here:
Text: Billboard JAPAN / Photo: Courtesy Photo