In collaboration with Funimation, Sunrise and Mason Lieberman, we are thrilled to share this star-studded tribute to the gorgeous music of Yoko Kanno and Cowboy Bebop‘s ‘Real Folk Blues‘ to benefit COVID-19 relief. The performance features over forty special guests including Yoko Kanno herself, The Seatbelts, original cast members and a veritable who’s-who of the modern game and anime industries. Cowboy Bebop is one of anime’s most enduring properties debuting on Tokyo TV in 1998. It later appeared in America on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim in 2001.

Cowboy Bebop’s “Real Folk Blues’ – Pause the stream while you watch this. The player is at the upper right, or if you’re on your phone, unfortunately at the bottom of the page. We’re working on a fix for that, we know it’s awkward.

ALL PROCEEDS from this track will be donated to the CDC Foundation and Doctors without Borders (MSF) in support of the fight against COVID-19.

Appearances by:

Music Direction/Arrangement: Mason Lieberman (Senior Game Audio Coordinator @ Tencent. Composer/Recording Artist on projects like RWBY, Beyblade Burst, Rising of the Shield Hero, League of Legends, Super Smash Bros, and more)

Special Guest Band: The Seatbelts (The original band led by Yoko Kanno that featured on the OST of Cowboy Bebop)

Band Arrangement and Direction for The Seatbelts: Yoko Kanno

  • Trumpet: Koji Nishimura
  • Trumpet: Eric Miyashiro
  • Trombone: Yoichi Murata
  • Vocals: A-sha Mai Yamane
  • Percussion: MATARO
  • Upright Bass: Hitoshi Watanabe
  • Drums: Yasuo Sano
  • Electric Guitar: Tsuneo Imahori

And Special Guest Vocals: A-sha Mai Yamane

From the artists: We are tremendously grateful to Sunrise, Sunrise Music and Funimation for their generous support in allowing us the opportunity to create this.

Yes, we do have this wonderful recreation of the theme on the play library. And why not? It’s Cowboy Bebop!


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