Does Rapsodi Matter?
I really can’t hide how happy I am with the release of Rapsodi after 8 years of waiting and waiting and waiting without any remote possibility that it can be done. Those 8 years of waiting really drove some fans to the point of desperation that legend says, some of them even went on and opened a crowdfunding project to collect money to pay the higher-ups in Japan for an original song.
Whether the legend is true or not is open for debate, but those 8 grueling years is a fact that we can’t ever deny.
And you can imagine how ecstatic I was when I heard the song, which kinda late since apparently, the song has debuted on one of their past concert in December 2019. I did know that they will release an original song before tho’.
But does Rapsodi really matter? That is the question.
The talents behind the creation of this song is 100% locals from what I know so far which sounds kinda vain, I know. But, these are the talents that knows how the local market works, what’s their taste in music, and the kind of lyrics that will resonate well with the general audience.
Don’t get me wrong, Aki-P is a good (maybe weird as well, yeah, but still good in a sense? You catch my drift?) lyricist, no one can deny it. Alas, their (read: the higher-ups decision) stiff approach to lyric translation made some of the words the girls spouted sounds like they’re calling for an evil apparition to the general audience.
So by starting to open up to the possibility of employing local talents, the dream of having more reach to the local general audience is much more possible to attain now.
IF, and it’s a big if, the single sells well, it’s no longer a far reaching dream that one day, we’ll have our own original set as well.
If Rapsodi will become available to the other sister groups as well, I really do hope they’ll went with more of a localization approach rather than the stiff direct translation the JPN48 has been expecting so far from their overseas sister groups.
This might just be me and my illusion of grandeur: The sales performance of Rapsodi might somehow affecting the other overseas sisters as well in one way or another.
If Rapsodi became a success, then there will be a much bigger possibility that the Japan higher-up will give more leeway to the other overseas sisters to do their own officially recognized original song(s) involving their own local talents.
Yes, we all know that BNK48 does has several sub-units with their own original songs and JKT48 Accoustic also has “Lantang”, but in my opinion, it’s more like a way to get around the really stiff restriction being put by the higher-ups (open for debate)
If you ask me, I don’t want BNK48, MNL48, DEL48, and many others overseas sister groups to have to wait for EIGHT years for just one freaking song.
I’ll make this simple: The girls deserves it. Both current and ex-members, they deserves it. It’s been a long, long, long, wait and morale is low, BUT, those long waits are now over.
So, let’s enjoy it to our heart’s content and yes, Rapsodi does matter, at least for me.
Rapsodi will be officially released January 22nd, 2020.
I am sorry I wrote a mess about the previous article. As you said, I love this song purely and thank all members and staff for their efforts. I didn’t know there was a gossip like that legend. The story is about crowdfunding. It would have been impossible to force a direct translation of the original lyrics. I learned very much. Please tell me a lot of local information in the future. I am looking forward to it.
Don’t worry about it too much, Tomo-san. I believe your intent is sincere and good. And I don’t see anyone think about it differently.
As for me, I agree with Angga that the girls – JKT48, active members as well as ex-members – deserve it. But also all of us – JKT48 fans, either those who are still around or those who have left – deserve it. Few people truly know how much hardship we all have endured together since the beginning. Eight grueling years – as Angga described it in the previous article – is by no mean an exaggeration.
Yep, as KageTora says. Don’t worry, you’re not creating a mess there, I’m glad that it created a meaningful discussion between fans