Akiko Wada Explained

Akiko Wada
Birth Date:10 April 1950
Occupation:Singer, actor

(born April 10, 1950) is a female Japanese singer and television performer from, Ikuno-ku, Osaka.

She has various nicknames, one being "Akko". Due to her above-average height (174 cm or 5'8.5"), she is also nicknamed "jotei" (女帝), meaning "empress".

Biography

Akiko Wada is of Korean ancestry. She was born Kim Bok-Ja (Korean: 김 복자, Hanja: 金 福子, Kim is the family name). Like many Zainichi Koreans, she also had a Japanese-style name for everyday use, . When she took Japanese citizenship, her name became, which upon marriage became .

She is signed to the Horipuro entertainment agency.

Career

She played the voice of as Bowser in .[1] She has also voiced Marge Simpson in the Japanese version of The Simpsons Movie.

She also performed with the music group M-Flo on the song "Hey!" on their 2005 album Beat Space Nine.

Wada became the first Asian to perform at the famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York, when she performed there in September 2008 as part of her 40th debut anniversary tour.[2]

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Notes and References

  1. "Sûpâ Mario Burazâzu.: Pîchi-hime kyushutsu dai sakusen." Internet Movie Database. Accessed 29 May 2009.
  2. "Akiko Wada performs at Apollo Theater in New York." Japan Today. 01 October 2008. Accessed 30 October 2008.