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Origa, the Electric Diva

To us Yoko Kanno fans, Origa was an amazing singer who performed the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex openings with her stunning electro-lyrical voice. One year after her passing, I think she deserves a special post because she was way more than just a gifted singer, and of course we'll talk about her collaborations with Yoko.

Life and carreer

Origa, from her true name Olga Yakovleva,  was born on October 12, 1970, near Novosibirsk in Russia. She started studying music when she was 5 and she wrote a song she performed on TV when she was 11. Music seems to have always been a important part of her life.

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What happened in 2015

Did you miss anything last year? Here's a comprehensive recap!

And also, best music wishes for 2016!

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Origa passes away

On January 17, 2015, Origa died at age 44 due to breast cancer.

2015-01-19 Update: Origa’s Facebook page confirmed the news and announced a new album was recorded and will be released in 2015:

This was reported by the voice actress Jenya on her blog and Twitter account.

She was a long-time friend with Yoko Kanno, had a beautiful voice, incredible vocal skills and will be terribly missed.

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Thank you letter from Yoko Kanno to Origa

Origa posted a picture of a letter she received from Yoko Kanno at the time of the Seoul Concert in 2007.

The picture shows a few thanks words from Yoko Kanno:

You inspire me.
Let’s do something again some other time!