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The Origins of Karaoke

June 1, 2016 | Posted in: Kinfolk 94

Karaoke originated in Kobe, Japan in the early 1970’s, and the first karaoke machine is credited to Daisuke Inoue. Providing musical entertainment at parties had long been a Japanese custom, and the karaoke machine allowed everyone to participate in this custom through the use of an instrumental track of popular songs with the vocals removed, a microphone/amp, and a screen to display lyrics.

At first, karaoke was created as a form of entertainment in bars to encourage customers to stay and drink more, but it soon became the main attraction. Drunk public singing, as it turns out, is super fun, and the trend soon spread, making it’s way all through Japan and Asia, and eventually into North America and Europe in the 80’s.

Karaoke (カラオケ) is a Japanese portmanteau created by combining kara, short for karappo, meaning “empty” + oke short for okesutora, meaning “orchestra”.

And so Kinfolk-oke (Kinfolk + karaoke) means to sing karaoke at Kinfolk!

Kinfolk and karaoke actually have a lot in common – both originated in Japan, and both are all about partying, good times, and bringing people together, so it was only a matter of time before we combined the two!

We partnered with The Kings of Karaoke, who uses state of the art equipment for the best quality performance and has almost any song you can think of, to bring you Kinfolk-oke every Wednesday night! And to get the party going, we’re offering 2 for 1 drinks!




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