The word karaoke comes from the Japanese words ‘kara’ meaning ’empty’ and ‘oke’ meaning ‘orchestra’. It first became popular in English in 1979.
Karaoke refers to a performance in which a person sings along with recorded music. It’s a popular form of entertainment at restaurants and clubs: amateur singers choose their favorite well-known song to sing and then perform it for the crowd.?
Most karaoke performances include some special equipment, including a microphone, a large book of songs to choose from, instrumental recordings of these popular songs, and a screen or projector displaying the song lyrics. The karaoke performer uses the screen to read the words to the song while the recorded track plays. Sometimes, the lyrics displayed also include changing colors or an animated symbol that helps the performer keep the rhythm and sing the proper lyrics in time with the music.?
Karaoke originated in Japan in the 1970s. Since then, it has become popular all over the world and the karaoke industry generates billions of pounds each year.?
Now, new technology has made it possible to host karaoke performances just about anywhere. Many video game systems, smartphone apps, and computer programs allow users to sing along with their favorite songs with family and friends at home.