The celebrations of Motown’s 60th anniversary continue around the world, with a major event in Japan scheduled for November 3. An orchestral concert featuring classic Motown repertoire will take place on that date at a UNESCO world heritage site, the Yakushiji Temple in Nara.
The concert will feature American artists associated with Motown Records past and present, including Jermaine Jackson, BJ The Chicago Kid and Shanice, as well as Speech, co-founder of Grammy-winning hip-hop act, Arrested Development. In addition, leading contemporary Japanese singers will perform classic Motown hits, backed by the orchestra.
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The imperial Buddhist Yakushiji Temple, built in the 7th century, is in Nara, once Japan’s capital city. It is located 470km southeast of Tokyo.
Universal Music Japan has been marking Motown 60 throughout this year, with activities including the reissue of 60 albums on compact disc. All the leading classic Motown artists are represented in this re-release program, as well as collectible titles by Odyssey, the Fantastic Four, Yvonne Fair and the Spinners.