Aneka

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b. Mary Sandeman, Scotland. A respected traditional vocalist, Aneka sang with the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra, and taught herself to sing in Gaelic. In an attempt to achieve a pop hit, she recorded ‘Japanese…
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b. Mary Sandeman, Scotland. A respected traditional vocalist, Aneka sang with the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra, and taught herself to sing in Gaelic. In an attempt to achieve a pop hit, she recorded ‘Japanese Boy’, pretending she was Japanese. She promoted the record by wearing a kimono and wig to further the illusion, changing her name by looking through the Edinburgh phone book. The record, combined with the stage act, was more of a novelty number, but it reached number 1 in the UK as well as topping most of the European charts during 1981. However, its follow-up, ‘Little Lady’, was little more than a copy and only managed a brief spell in the charts. Three subsequent singles and an album followed, but none fared well. When the Aneka act had run its course, Sandeman returned to performing her Gaelic music and singing to Edinburgh Festival Fringe audiences.