Big in Japan

*Nadieh went to Japan twice. First in october 1987 for twelve days, where she participated in the Yamaha World Popular Song Festival with the song 'Haifa Blue' in the Bodukan Hall in Tokyo. She was chosen by the public to win the Best Singer Award. Watch a video of this winning song: 'Haifa Blue'. And visit a fan's website about the festival.
*Nadieh returned in july 1988 to perform for 12.000 people at Lake Biwa. This concert was broadasted on Japanese television. It was also to raise awareness of the polution problems in Japan.
*Nadieh's records came out in Japan. In september 1988 she performed in Korea and Greece.

For every single item on this Japan page: many thanks to Inge Jagt who joined Nadieh to Japan.

Yamaha World Popular Song Festival 1987 & Lake Biwa 1988
Personal photo's of Inge Jagt

Nadieh rehearsing 'Haifa Blue' at the Yamaha World Popular Song Festival 1987

Nadieh singing 'Haifa Blue' at the Yamaha World Popular Song Festival 1987

Right before the show..
Rehearsals for the Lake Biwa Festival '88
The opening song The Right to Change
Nervous Nadieh in the bus to the hotel, before the festival 1987
Flying 11 hours to Japan, first class, with champagne 1988
Nadieh with Edward Reekers at Lake Biwa 1988
Relieved after the show with Inge Jagt and Edward 1988
Visiting Disney Land in Tokyo 1988
Content after the concert at Lake Biwa 1988
Enjoying Japan a few days after the concert 1988
Best friends: big in Japan
Rehearsal: singing Benjamin a capella
Meeting Dutch fans in Japan, how crazy is that?!
Rehearsals for Lake Biwa
Practicing Japanese lyrics for a duet with Masatoshi Nakamura


A fax Nadieh wrote her friends at Wisseloord Studio's in The Netherlands when she was in Japan for the Yamaha World Popular Song Festival at the Budokan Hall in Tokyo 1987.

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The official autograph photo of Nadieh for fans

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Information on the World Popular Song Festival

Date: October 30, 1987
Venue: Nippon Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Presenters: Tsunehiko Kamijo & Judy Ongg
Orchestra: Yamaha Pops Orchestra
Festival Structure: 1 Grand Final
Total participating countries: 13
Total entries selected: 16
Awards: Grand Prix, Best Singer Award (BSA), Golden Award (GA), Audience Selection Award (ASA), Kawakami Award
Interval Acts: Yamaha's Junior Original Concert (JOC)
Nadieh won the Best Singer Award. This was an expensive Rado watch and a golden clockwork, symbolic for a voice sounding like a clock.
More information: click here

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Original festival booklet of the Yamaha World Popular Song Festival 31th of october 1987

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Page of a Japanese newspaper about the Yamaha World Popular Song Festival, October 31, 1987

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