JAM Project, just made history by making their debut in Saudi Arabia and became the first Japanese group to perform there. The concert was held at the Anime Village area of City Walk in Jeddah on Friday, as the group is an “anime genre of music” which is best known for singing the theme tunes from infamous anime series such as “Garbo”, “Cyborg009”, “Yu Gi Oh!” and “OnePynch Man”, among others.
For their first-ever performance in Jeddah, JAM Project performed a variety of popular anime themes, including “Crush Gear Fight!” from Crush Gear! “We Are” from One Piece and “Cha-la Head Cha-la” from Dragon Ball z.
#LOOK: JAM Project made history with their debut in Saudi Arabia, becoming the first Japanese band to perform in @AnimeVillageSA in Jeddah. @Jeddahseasonsa https://t.co/bX1NAM5Ptq pic.twitter.com/vCzeI0CB0Z
— Arab News (@arabnews) May 29, 2022
Saudi fans felt it was a “dream come true” for them to see their favorite genre of music performed live in their home country. With hundreds of people flocking to Anime Village, JAM stands for “Japanese Animation Maker”, and the group was established on July 19.e 2000, by Ichirou Mizuki, a famous Japanese theme song artist. The group is made up of solo singers who come together to perform the theme songs.
After the concert, band member Mamasmi Okui took to Twitter to share a photo taken with fans and captioned it thanking “everyone in Saudi Arabia, local staff and Japanese staff, and all those who have supported us from Japan”. The only female member of the group, she wore a navy blue abaya and covered her hair as she took off with the rest of the group for sightseeing in Jeddah’s historic districts. She also shared on social media that her trip “was a beautiful cityscape”.
I just had the pleasure of watching JAM PROJECT live, the energy they brought to the stage was amazing. pic.twitter.com/hYd8FGszQB
— Zat (@RBN_Bido) May 27, 2022
Other band members, including sound director Naoya Yamamoto, shared a photo of themselves wearing a thaw and Yamamoto captioned his post on Twitter: “Before we return from Saudi Arabia, we are went to visit the old town, wore a thaw and took a photo shoot with everyone…lol.”
Project JAM was originally a 9-member group and was founded by Mizuki, but he, Eizo Sakamoto, and Rica Matsumoto left the group in previous years. Ricardo Cruz is a semi-regular member, but Hironobu Kageyama, Masaaki Endoh, Hiroshi Kitadani, Masami Okui, and Yoshiki Fukuyama are the other regular members.
The concert was a special performance for Jeddah’s season, and the annual festival highlights the coastal city’s heritage and culture through a variety of activities, venues, experiences and more.