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Mai Yamane

(山根 麻衣, 山根麻以)

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Background information
Born October 9, 1958 (1958-10-09) (age February)
Origin Izumo, Japan
Genre(s) Jazz, Blues
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Years active 1980 - current
Associated acts Yoko Kanno, New Archaic Smile, Fence of Defense, The Seatbelts
Website (Japanese)
Mai Yamane (山根 麻以) is a Japanese singer who worked on the Cowboy Bebop soundtracks.


Her career began in the 1980's when she entered a contest for young singers in Japan and six months later recorded her first album.[1]. She recorded as a solo artist until 1995 when she joined the New Archaic Smile.

Yoko Kanno had initially contacted Mai to do a TV commercial after listening to one of her albums. From there she introduced her into singing for anime soundtracks such as Macross Plus, Escaflowne and Cowboy Bebop.[1]

Her most recent international performance was on June 20th, 2007 in Seoul, South Korea as a member of Yoko Kanno team.[2]

She lists Janis Joplin and Edith Piaf among her influences and personal tastes in soul music.[1]


Solo AristEdit

  • The Day Before Yesterday (1984)
  • Flying Elephants (1985)
  • Embassy (1986)
  • Woman Tone (1988)
  • 1958 (1989)

Cowboy Bebop (Vocals)Edit

Cowboy Bebop OST:

  • "Want It All Back"
  • "Pushing The Sky"
  • "Rain" (Demo version)
  • "Don't Bother None"
  • "See You Space Cowboy"
  • "Mushroom Hunting" (Live version)
  • "Blue" (Last episode ending song)
  • "Gotta Knock a Little Harder"
  • "The Real Folk Blues" (Ending Song)
  • "Gotta Knock a Little Harder" (Movie Ending Song)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Interview of Mai Yamane (Yoko Kanno Database)
  2. Yoko Kanno to Perform Special Concert in Seoul (Anime News Network)

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