I remember hearing a lot of it on Chinese radio when I was a kid & I thought they sucked. All the songs had the same starting & ending tunes. The singing style was also the same. It didn't matter who sang it, they would always go low, then as they went high, it'd sound almost like yodelling. It was almost formulaic.
But grandmas loved it. In Japan, Enka is still popular amongst the older generation. And as I grow older & falling into that mould, I am slowly begining to appreciate it as well. It sounds scary, I know, but I am not rushing out to buy an Enka album anytime soon.
By then, there was a whole new younger generation of singers with flashy costumes like Hikawa Kiyoshi, who's also known as the Prince of Enka.
Although they do bring up the coolness of Enka by a notch (due to their flashy costumes), but it also raises the gay alarm.
Then, came the ultimate reinvention.
He's hip hop.
But he sings Enka.
How wierd is that?
And this thing can only happen in a land called Japan.
But dude, I don't think the hip hop moves fit in. Just lose it okay.