The Straits Times
Published on Oct 23, 2012

Japanese bossa nova queen Lisa Ono returns to Singapore


Lisa Ono may be Japanese by blood but when it comes to bossa nova, a Brazilian music genre, she is the real deal.

The singer, who will perform at Kallang Theatre on Oct 27, was born and raised in Sao Paulo, where her father ran a club and was a manager to Brazilian musicians.

After the family moved back to Japan when she was 10, her Brazilian music education continued as her father opened a Brazilian restaurant that also featured live music.

Today, the mother of three young children is Japan's most prominent bossa nova artist, having released a grand total of 26 albums and winning four Best Jazz Album Of The Year wins at the Japan Gold Disc Awards.