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Mai Yamane (山根 麻衣, 山根 麻以?) is a Japanese singer who worked on the Cowboy Bebop soundtracks.


Her career began in the 1980s when she entered a contest for young singers in Japan and six months later recorded her first album.[1] She recorded as a solo artist until 1995 when she joined the New Archaic Smile.

Yoko Kanno had initially contacted Mai to do a TV commercial after listening to one of her albums. From there she introduced her into singing for anime soundtracks such as Macross Plus, Escaflowne and Cowboy Bebop.[1]

Her most recent international performance was on June 20th, 2007 in Seoul, South Korea as a member of Yoko Kanno team.[2]

She lists Janis Joplin and Edith Piaf among her influences and personal tastes in soul music.[1]


Solo Arist[]

  • The Day Before Yesterday (1984)
  • Flying Elephants (1985)
  • Embassy (1986)
  • Woman Tone (1988)
  • 1958 (1989)

Cowboy Bebop (Vocals)[]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Interview of Mai Yamane (Yoko Kanno Database)
  2. Yoko Kanno to Perform Special Concert in Seoul (Anime News Network)