THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
February 6, 2023 at 18:05 JST
Masanori Takumi (Photo by Yumi Gejo)
Japanese composer and arranger Masa Takumi won the Best Global Music Album of the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 5, taking home his first Grammy.
“I’m proud, as a Japanese composer, to receive this honor,” Takumi said. “I’m grateful to the music industry of Japan, which raised me, and that of the United States, which welcomed me.”
The 65th annual music award went to “Sakura,” released in September 2022. Filled with a Japanese flavor, the album showcases the country’s traditional instruments and sounds.
The artist, born Masanori Takumi, won his first Grammy following two past nominations for projects he participated in.
The 44-year-old from Osaka Prefecture is the nephew of the late pop star Hideki Saijo, who passed away in 2018.
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