Arts March 1, 2018
From Jerome to Jero: An Interview with Japan's first Black Enka Singer
In this interview conducted by Duncan Williams, talented and influential Enka singer, Jero, speaks about his contrasting experiences being Black-Japanese growing up in Pittsburgh and later on in Japan, where he first studied abroad in Osaka. Jero inherited his love of Enka from his Japanese grandmother, who used Enka to cope after moving to Pittsburgh after World War II. Two generations later, Enka would help Jero connect to his Japanese roots and have positive experiences in a culture that is slowly progressing toward embracing racial and cultural diversity within Japan. Jero has made music history in Japan by being the first Black Enka singer.