Anime Conji Welcomes Musician Raj Ramayya as Guest of Honor

SAN DIEGO, CA, March 18th, 2013 – Anime Conji, San Diego's Anime Convention, welcomes composer and lyricist Raj Ramayya as a Guest of Honor! Mr. Ramayya is best known to anime fans for his musical collaborations with famed Japanese composer Yoko Kanno as a member of The Seatbelts.

Mr. Ramayya performed the song "Ask DNA" and wrote the lyrics for "Cosmic Dare (Pretty with a Pistol)" from the feature film Cowboy Bebop: The Movie. He also both sang and wrote the lyrics for "Strangers" from the anime series Wolf's Rain, and has worked on songs for video games from the likes of Konami, Sega, and CAPCOM. Mr. Ramayya has been featured as a guest vocalist/composer with several distinguished artists, ranging from composers Yoko Kanno (Escaflowne, Cowboy Bebop, Wolf's Rain) and Tatsuya Oe (Captain Funk, Hotei), to lyricists Chris Mosdell (Eric Clapton, YMO) and Ron Sexsmith.

Among his other projects are the electronic Indian fusion music project "Bhang Lassi", the alternative Indian-influenced folk rock band "The Beautiful Losers", and session singing for products such as Asahi Beer and Coca-Cola. He is also a guest vocalist with Captain Funk, Akakage, and Studio Apartment, with their song "Strawberry Rainbow" hitting #1 on the iTunes Japan charts.

Mr. Ramayya will host two panels: “Living and Working in Japan”, and a songwriting workshop. He will also be performing a special acoustic set of anime and gaming songs, including songs from Yoko Kanno (Cowboy Bebop, Wolf's Rain, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex)!

Anime Conji is delighted to welcome Raj Ramayya as a Guest of Honor to AC2013, coming to the Town and Country Resort in San Diego April 12th-14th! Additional guest announcements coming soon!

About Anime Conji
The newest project managed by the SPJA, Anime Conji (AC) is an annual convention held in San Diego at the Town and Country Resort and Conference Center. Now in its fourth year, Anime Conji has rapidly grown to become the premiere anime and Japanese pop culture event in the San Diego area, bringing together cosplayers, gamers, and anime fans for a weekend celebrating the best in Japanese culture and entertainment. To register, or for more information, please visit the official website.

About the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation
The SPJA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to popularize and educate the American public about Japanese entertainment culture, as well as provide a forum to facilitate communication between professionals and fans. For more information, please visit the SPJA website.

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