Do you know what Yodeler or Iodelei is? It is a very famous form of singing in the Alps (Germany, Austria) that uses phonetic syllables to create a sound that changes quickly and repeatedly. It is also strongly known as Tyrolean chant.
Iodelei involves using the voice of the chest and then a loud or falsetto tone. This vocal technique is not only used in Europe but in cultures around the world.
This type of music is enjoyed by many Japanese, so much so that if you go to see videos of singers like the King of Iodelei Franzi Lang you will find many comments from Japanese people.
In this article we will see an example of a Japanese man who appreciated this art music and managed to achieve success by singing alongside the King of Iodelei.
The history of the Japanese Yodeler Takeo Ischi
Takeo Ishii was born and raised in Tokyo Japan. In high school he was lonely and started listening to the radio a lot. Following his father Takeo went to the university of mechanical engineering, and in his spare time he learned to play Zither and Dulcimer (instruments similar to harps).
He followed the King of Yodelay and started singing on Japanese television. Takeo Ishii went to study in Germany and during his time he went to Switzerland and sang at a brewery in Zurich. Soon he started making money from it, sang in front of the king and idol Franzi Lang. As time went by Lang took Takeo under his wing and he became famous and known as the Japanese Yodeler.
In Europe Takeo started to be called Takeo Ischi (instead of Ishii) and soon he met his wife Henriette in 1981, making his proposal in a Onsen from Japan and getting married in 1985. They had five children named Maximilian, Michael, Andreas, Lukas and Julia.
He became famous for the New Bibi-Hendl chicken music:
Now I want to understand why I like this song… It’s very hilarious and contagious, they even made a video about the chickens:
Some say it was because of him that KFC started to dominate the fast food.
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