We've all heard Manny Pacquiao singing and, lets be honest it's not great. But he's a boxer turned singer. What about the cases where we have an actual singing-boxer. No we don't mean a Karaoke level boxer who sings after his bouts, but someone who is a professional singer and a professional boxer?
Well that's actually what Kazakhstan have with Ibragim Iskandarov, who has recorded number tracks. Here is his song "I want to see the Kazakh".
Whilst he's not a boxer on the level of Pacquiao, and who is? He is actually a damn good singer and has a cracking voice. Sadly however we have no idea what he's singing about, but it's tuneful and and gives off a very ye olde vibe.
We're not going to even pretend we know anything at all about the Kazakh music scene, what we know about it could be written on the back of a postage stamp. With that said it's interesting that there is actually some Kazakh music related to boxing.
Among those tracks is Gazizkhan Shekerbekov track "QAZAQ Style" which was recorded for Zhanibek Alimkhanuly's ring walk.
The music video features Alimkhanuly, a former amateur stand out and professional hopeful as well as, we assume, the music behind the track. Certainly something a bit different to what we usually feature in this Friday series.
A lot of music we stumble on isn't recorded in a high level studio, and that can give the music we end up including in this weekly series a raw feel. That's certainly the case here with a track dedicated to Kohei Kono recorded by SAYTOU. From what we understand the song is called "Flower You've Bloomed", although it could have been lost in translation.
Whilst the title might not have been translated perfectly it's clearly referring to how Kono got better when he matured as a fighter. His scrappy early career results and set backs were put behind him as he bloomed into a 2-time world champion.
The track is a simple acoustic track, and a real strange one, but despite being very amateurish, and essentially just a demo, it's still an interesting find and something we felt was worth sharing. Kono, who we did feature in a music video a few months back, is often a forgotten man so it is nice to see someone singing a dedication to him, even if the song is in such a raw demo-like state.
For a third week running we've ended up stumbling on something related to Yoko Gushiken as we share "Gushiken's Theme" by the 10 Count band. The track is a funky one that seems to be well suited to the time of Gushiken's career, but maybe not the most aggressive or tough sounding song.
This is fun, it's very much a retro, funk, track and something we're glad we stumbled on, even if it is just a touch more fun than fighting.
Given the name of the band, and how professional this sounds, we were surprised that very little information seems to be available about the group. A real shame as they sound like they could be worth a listen for more than just this one song.
Some things don't fit in elsewhere on the site so have been put here as a result.