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Okinawa to Atlanta: Japan’s hip-hop queen Awich

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Tokyo (AFP) – The self-proclaimed queen of Japanese hip-hop Awich has stories to tell, from discovering rap as a rebellious teenager in Okinawa to losing her husband to gun violence in America. Now drawing crowds at festivals and Tokyo’s most famous live venue, she wants to inspire fans to “embrace their stories — because that’s what gave me strength to face the world”. The 35-year-old, whose stage name stands for “Asian wish child”, has been rapping since her school days and started out at underground clubs in Japan’s southernmost region. But 2022 has been something of a breakthrough year, f…

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