21 Feb 2015

The Secret Life Of Karaoke

From The Secret Life Of, 4:06 pm on 21 February 2015

Karaoke night at Auckland venue The Lucha Lounge. Photo by Jenna Todd

Whether it’s at a sports bar, a sibling’s birthday party or in a private booth at 3am, at some point in your life you may well have grabbed a microphone, started the midi backing track and let yourself be judged by your nearest and dearest.

Music 101’s Zac Arnold investigates how Karaoke has weaved its way from Japan into all corners of the globe, delving into the psychology of why we perform in front of each other, and takes to the private booths to sing his heart out.

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