Let It Rock: TAKII 7 Unveils Its Official Charity Beneficiary & Guest/Performer Final Line-Up, Including 3 Premieres

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April 14th, 2009 -- Upper Darby, PA -- For each season of The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational, Team TAKII Coordinators have the honor of selecting what they enjoy calling the fusion festival's Official Charity Beneficiary. A selected Charity Beneficiary exemplifies the mission that is TAKII, which is to embody the spirit of expression, embolden fans worldwide to stand up & show their Asian culture fandom pride, & to provide multiple avenues of entertainment to the extreme! From like-minded events that needed financial assistance to organizations that fight world epidemics (such as ASIAC, AIDS Services In Asian Communities), entities of all shapes & sizes have benefited from the various levels of assistance & awareness that "the world's most extreme Asian culture fusion festival" has been able to provide.

With 2009 being a year of epic economic ups & downs, selecting only 1 Charity Beneficiary for this season was especially difficult -- there were & are so many deserving groups out there. However, after much deliberation, for TAKII 7 ~Simply SINs"ASIAN"al~, that Official Charity Beneficiary is none other than Asian Americans United!

Founded in 1985, Asian Americans United's mission is to build leadership in Asian American communities to build our neighborhoods & unite against oppression. AAU has worked in Philadelphia's Asian American communities & in broader multiracial coalitions around quality education, youth leadership, anti-Asian violence, immigrant rights, & folk arts & cultural maintenance.

Among AAU's accomplishments are: initiating and monitoring the settlement of a lawsuit with the School District of Philadelphia to improve services to immigrant students; developing the leadership of hundreds of youth through the Community Youth Leadership Project & the Asian American Youth Workshop; creating the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival; & founding the Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School. AAU is the recipient of numerous awards for services to youth, folk arts programs, organizational excellence & intergenerational leadership.

As TAKII 7 ~Simply SINs"ASIAN"al~'s Charity Beneficiary, "the world's most extreme Asian culture fusion festival" will do everything within its power to support the ideals & goals of this wonderful organization through our varied efforts throughout TAKII 7 weekend & beyond. We lovingly encourage our supporters from around the world to do the same ^_*.

In addition to our Charity Beneficiary, The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational's 7th season is proud to announce its finalized list of featured guests & performers, including 3 individuals & performance groups that are making their debuts right here at TAKII 7:

LeetStreet (aka L33tStr33t) Boys have reached video game, anime & music enthusiasts around the globe with their catchy musical hooks, clever lyrics, and explosive energy. With their popular single & music video “Yuri The Only One” a mainstay on the anime convention circuit, YouTube, & Video Games Live, LeetStreet Boys not only wear their hearts on their collective sleeves, but deliver an epic musical experience for fans everywhere!

Making his debut in Pennsylvania on behalf of the entire group, Matt Myers joins other distinguished guests & performers for the most epically extreme season of The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational yet, TAKII 7 ~Simply SINs"ASIAN"al~! Along with bringing some awesome LeetStreet swag for sale in our "Dealer's Dominion", he will be judging & performing with Asian Karaoke Idol Show contestants, signing autographs, & celebrating the essence that is our fusion festival. Matt will also be on hand to announce, along with all other TAKII Coordinators, the unveiling of a never-before-produced collaborative effort between "the world's most extreme Asian culture fusion festival" & Asian culture fandom's favorite boy band! "Check us out on the official LeetStreet Boys website", says Matt. "I can't wait to show you all some sweet LeetStreet love at TAKII 7, xoxoxxx!!!!"

Featuring students from the prestigious Girls High (in Philadelphia, PA) Jia You Shi De was officially founded in early 2009. Exemplifying what it means to be enthusiastic fans of Asian music, this performance troupe pays tribute to their heroes of Korean Pop music with a style & flare that simply cannot be matched. Following in the footsteps of Korean Music luminaries, such as BoA, DBSK, Super Junior, & Se7en, Jia You Shi De's ability to capture & command the audience's attention with their dance-focused skill set is 2nd-to-none.

As if this season of TAKII couldn't be any more momentous, TAKII 7 ~Simply SINs"ASIAN"al~ has now become the official worldwide debut of Jia You Shi De on the Asian culture fusion festival/convention scene! Shy by nature, but sassy in style, this dynamic group will be 1 of TAKII 7's featured performers for our "Makenai Charity Benefit Concert", as well as guest hosts/judges for our plethora of Asian gameshows & contests all TAKII weekend. "Thank you SO MUCH for giving us this amazing opportunity", says Jia You Shi De member Venny. "We eagerly await the chance to earn the adulation & respect of the most rabid fans around, the TAKII faithful!"

Hitting it's stride in 2009, Beck ~Mongolian Chop Squad, Jr.~ is 1 of the most exciting Asian appreciation bands to have rocked the Philly, PA area in quite some time. Led by Lead Pianist/Vocalist, Von, Beck ~MCS, Jr.~ is complimented by a youthful, yet experienced 4-piece band (James on bass, Johnny & Nate on drums, & Taaj on keyboard) inspired by none other than Madhouse/FUNimation's own "BECK". Fans of this up-&-coming tribute band know them well for their renditions of Younha's "Houki Boshi" (from "Bleach"), L'Arc En Ciel's "Ready, Steady, GO!" (from "Fullmetal Alchemist"), & Yui's "Rolling Star" (also from "Bleach"), among other Chop, Jr. favorites.

Enthusiastic about celebrating Asian entertainment's guiltiest pleasures at TAKII 7 ~Simply SINs"ASIAN"al~, Beck ~Mongolian Chop Squad, Jr.~ becomes the latest band to perform for TAKII fans during our "Makenai Charity Benefit Concert", as well as participate in a wide variety of TAKII 7's festivities for the weekend. The band heavily encourages fans all over the world to interact with them, whether it be by checking out their official MySpace page, or the group's official PDNMZ Feedback Forum profile. "We hope to become mainstays of The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational", says Von. "TAKII has been the place for seasoned & undiscovered talent alike to come together, under 1 roof, & rock on 'till the break of dawn, doin' what they love. We will cherish the legacy of performers before us that we now continue in the spirit that is TAKII!"

Other returning guests/performers include D-chan (Japanese/Korean Vocal Musician), [Ai] (Professional Dancer/TAKII 2 Show Champ) , Dokudel (Award-Winning Cosplay Savant), & Jeffrey Branch (J-Pop Retro Aficionado). For more info on this season's guests/performers, make sure to visit the "Guests/Performers" section of the official TAKII website: http://takii.pdnmz.com/guests_performers.html.

Of course, the most valuable guests & performers of any TAKII season are YOU, our faithful, emotive, & supportive fans. You are the foundation of Asian culture fandom that persuades talent from all walks of life, superstars & local celebrities alike, to come out each season & help us put on the best weekend-long celebration of Asian music, video gaming, & otaku fandom around! In just 11 days & counting, we look forward to earning your trusted & valuable support, as well as making you fall back in love with us, all over again ^_^.

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Established in February 2006, The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational is the world's most extreme Asian culture fusion festival, featuring 2 main seasons & numerous other co-branded events & performances throughout each year. With maverick innovations such as Asian Multimedia Entertainment Network (AMEN, it's 24/7, Asian fan/otaku-centric online broadcasting & social network), it entertains, inspires, & enriches the lives of its fans worldwide on a continuous basis.

TAKII 7 ~Simply SINs"ASIAN"al~ is a 2-day celebration of Asian culture's guiltiest pleasures that will be taking place at The Rotunda in Philadelphia, PA on April 25th - 26th, 2009. While entry to the celebration of this 7th season spectacular is free, the moments spent on indulging yourself in everything from yaoi/yuri anime to karaoke will be simply priceless. Dare to compete....dare to defy the odds....dare to take it to the extreme!

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