Gomattou (ごまっとう) was a short-lived Hello! Project group whose sole release was in November 2002. The group was formed in October of 2002 as a dance-based group with an R&B style. Members were Hello! Project soloists Matsuura Aya, Fujimoto Miki, and Goto Maki.
The name "Gomattou" (ごまっとう) is made from parts of the names of each of its members:
- ご (GO) - 後藤 (GOTOU)
- まっ (MAT) - 松浦 (MATSUURA)
- とう (TOU) - 藤本 (FUJIMOTO)*
- The kanji 藤 is pronounced FUJI in Fujimoto's name, but it can also be pronounced as TOU.
The formation of Gomattō was announced in October. The idea behind the trio was an R&B style dance-based group featuring Hello! Project soloists Goto Maki, Matsuura Aya and Fujimoto Miki, and was both conceived and named by producer Tsunku. Maki Goto functioned as the leader of the group. Gomattō made their first television appearance in November, and later released their first (and only) single called "Shall We Love?" on November 20, 2002. On December 11, 2002, Goto and Fujimoto performed with Nakazawa Yuko, a fellow member of Hello! Project, as a one-off performance. This incarnation of the group was called "Gonattō" (replacing the "ma" of "Matsuura" with the "na" of "Nakazawa").
All three members later recorded solo versions of the song, all with different arrangements. Miki Fujimoto's version was a more down-tempo soul inspired version, and both Maki Goto and Aya Matsuura's versions were—like the original version—inspired by the productions of Kevin "Shakespeare" Briggs. The single was also featured on the 2008 compilation album "Hello! Project Special Units Mega Best".
Goto and Matsuura would later work together with Abe Natsumi in the one-off unit Nochiura Natsumi, which later morphed into DEF.DIVA with the addition of v-u-den's Ishikawa Rika. Fujimoto joined Morning Musume (Goto's former group) and also became a supplementary member of Country Musume. In June 2006, it was announced that Fujimoto and Matsuura would form a new duo, GAM, and their first single was released in September of the same year (though they released only 3 singles before becoming inactive after March 2007).
All three members graduated from Hello! Project in March 2009 with the rest of the Elder Club.
- [2002.11.20] SHALL WE LOVE?
Albums Featured In
- [2008.12.10] Hello! Project Special Unit Mega Best