Anime Singers Rie Fu, HALCALI Attempt Overseas Debuts
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Rie fu, the singer of Bleach's "Life is Like a Boat" and Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny's ""I Wanna Go To A Place...," and Halcali, the duo behind Eureka Seven's "Tip Taps Tip" and Demashitaa! Powerpuff Girls Z's "Look," will both debut albums outside Japan this year. Rie fu spent part of her early childhood in Maryland, and just graduated from London's Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design last summer. After word-of-mouth spread from her London pub performances and appearance at the Midem 2006 music industry market in Cannes, France, a London independent label named Twenty Years of Boredom approached her about an English album. The Who is Rie fu? album will ship in February.
The rap duo Halcali will also debut a CD album overseas, except the Cyborg Oretachi album will be released in France on January 24 and then in the United States in May. The duo's two members, Yucali and Halca, released this album in Japan last July. They will perform live concerts in Paris on January 26 and in Cannes on January 28. Halcali already performed a free concert before 5,000 attendees in France last July during the 8th Japan Expo.
The Sports Hochi newspaper also reports that Halcali will perform "at a Japanese culture event taking place in Chicago in May." The Tokyograph website notes that the Anime Central convention will take place from May 16 to May 18 at Rosemont, an Illinois city near Chicago. As with Rie fu, there are already overseas anime fans that are familiar with Halcali's work. The duo have released 11 singles and four albums in Japan since their first single, 2003's "Tandem."