African-American enka singer Jero has swapped his cap for a Panama on the occasion of his latest song. It is the first time for Jero, 28, to work without without his trademark cap since his debut in February 2008.
When he performs his new song, "Uso Naki" (crocodile tears), Jero wears a pink Panama hat with an '80s-style, giving him a Gigolo feel and very different from his previous hip-hop fashion.
Jero said he really likes wearing a hat. Regarding the colorful suit, he said: "It's too loud for my personal life, but when I sing a new song, I am able to get a better feel for it.” For the album, titled “Covers 3", he wears an all-black outfit.
Jero said the change came about because he started working on a new song with composer Keisuke Hama, 64. Until now, Jero's songs have been reworked versions of pop artists. He said that having received an offer for the first time by Hama, whome he called “Kayokai no Omono" (big shot in the music industry), his feeling of “being able to go up one level as an enka singer” pushed him to change.
However, Jero -- who said he owns about 40 caps -- pointed out that caps are an expression of his beliefs and style. Last November, when U.S. President Barack Obama gave a speech in Tokyo, Jero wore his cap to the event and stood out among the audience.
However, he said: "From now, I'd like to enjoy wearing knitted hats and such to match the songs. Who knows? One day, I might even get rid of the cap altogether."© News reports