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Sheki-Dol
シェキドル
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Sheki-Dol
Information
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genre Japanese Pop
Years Active 2000-2002
Labels SPREE RECORD (2000-2001)
zetima (2001-2002)
Agency Green Park Music (2000-2002)
Members Kitagami Ami (2000-2002)
Oki Ibuki (2000-2001)
Suenaga Mami (2001-2002)
Arai Saki (2001-2002)

Sheki-Dol (シェキドル) was a Hello! Project idol group active from 2000 to 2002. The group formed in July of 2000 with members Kitagami Ami and Oki Ibuki. The two had participated in the 4th Morning Musume & Heike Michiyo Protegee Auditions. In 2001, Suenaga Mami joined the group. Later that year, Oki Ibuki left the group and Arai Saki replaced her. The group disbanded in 2002 as Suenaga needed medical care.

Members at time of DisbandmentEdit

Former MembersEdit

HistoryEdit

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Sheki-Dol, December 2001

Sheki-dol 3rd line-up

Sheki-Dol, Summer 2001

Sheki-dol 2nd line-up

Sheki-Dol, Spring 2001

Sheki-dol 1st line-up

Sheki-Dol, 2000

2000Edit

On May 17, the 4th Morning Musume & Heike Michiyo Protegee Auditions (one of the many auditions sporadically held by Tsunku and UP-FRONT AGENCY after the success of Morning Musume) would spawn Matsuura Aya as the winner (who went on to have a solo career). Oki Ibuki and Kitagami Ami had pariticipated in the same audiiton. They would go ahead and form the group Sheki-Dol.

Tsunku described Sheki-Dol’s music as rock and hard-core rock music after recording their first song. Their music was rougher than the bubblegum pop typical in Hello! Project that Tsunku had been famous for, but their music was still considered pop.

In the summer, made their stage debut in the Hello! Project summer concerts. They sang the then unreleased song Kokoro no Pheromone at Hello! Project 2000 ~Atsumare! Summer Party~.

They also had their own corner (column) as a duo, called Shocking Orange Pink (ショッキングオレンジピンク).

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Column: Shocking Orange Pink

In November, they released their first indies single on the Spree Record label titled Kokoro no Pheromone, a rock song with a medium tempo and easy-going, laid-back vocals. The song was used as the ending theme to the TV show Sanma no Super Karakuri TV. Sheki-Dol also started their own radio program (which ran until their disbandedment) called Funky, Monkey, Sheki. It aired once a week (Fridays, then later Wednesdays) at 3:30 AM on Bay FM.

On New Year's Eve, Morning Musume were invited to perform at Kouhaku Uta Gassen, and Sheki-Dol stood on stage behind Morning Musume. Kitagami Ami said in an interview: "Even though we were hidden behind Morning Musume, we were actually on the stage, and that’s what counts."

2001Edit

In February, Sheki-Dol was part of the Hello! Project 2001 Sugoi zo! 21seiki concerts held in Osaka and Nagoya. They also became regulars at a radio show called FM-Fuji Pop Jelly Beans, which started airing in January of 2001.

In February, they got their own corner with Sheki-Dol's☆Dream Walker (シェキドルのドリーム☆ウォーカー) in Chiba Walker, regulars every other tuesday.

In March, Suenaga Mami joined Sheki-Dol as a new member. When asked in an interview about what it was like to join a duo that already had already been working together, Suenaga said: "We broke the ice in a matter of a few seconds", and Ibuki added: "It has been only a few months since Mami joined us, but I feel like she’s been a part of us all along because she fits in so well. Many people tell us she is a perfect addition to our group."

Also in March, they participated in the sports event Hello! Project Dai Undoukai. Their uniform numbers were 筋 (muscle), 肉 (meat), and 質 (quality).

Sheki-Dol started their own column in Sony Music Magazine What's In?, called Sheki-Dol Reneval Series, My Resume. They were featured once a month for 11 columns. Halfway through October, the column changed name to Sheki-Dol no Kokoro Maruhadaka, where the column's content changes from infotainment to a series of psychology tests. It ended on October 14, 2001.

In April, Sheki-Dol released their second indies single, Tetteiteki Unmei.

In June, Sheki-Dol released their third indies single, Zentaiteki ni Daisuki Desu.. The title track was the twelfth ending theme song for the anime Crayon Shinchan, and the song also appears on a compilation album for the anime. Music magazines described the single as a cute pop song with fun-loving beats. Just a few weeks after the release, Sheki-Dol participated in Hello! Project 2001 ~TOGETHER! Summer Party!~, singing the song. Promotional live events and meet-and-greet sessions were also held this summer (at HMV Event Spaces on July 20th at 2pm, and on July 23rd at 5pm), and special merchandise was given away at the event spaces.

In August, Oki Ibuki decided to graduate from Sheki-Dol to become a model, and changed her name to EVEKI. Arai Saki went to an interview with the agency, after being told to go try out. She passed and joined Sheki-Dol the same month.

In November, school festival appearances were scheduled at the Nippon Sports Science University, but were cancelled due to fire.

On December 5, Sheki-Dol released their fourth single, Ai wa Muteki ~Hatachi no Yoru no Chikai~, which was their major single, and their first under the zetima label. Several magazine promotions and interviews were scheduled, and the focus was put on Arai Saki in interviews, and the cover of the single. The members mentioned in interviews that their new single was different from their previous singles, and that it features a more mature sound fitting for the group's average age of 20.1 years.

In December, the agency issued a message saying that Suenaga Mami needed medical attention, and for a short while Sheki-Dol was a duo again.

2002Edit

In January, it was announced that Sheki-Dol had disbanded. The official site stated: Thank you for always supporting Sheki-dol. We are sure some are already aware of this, Suenaga Mami has been under medical care for a long time and there is no way to tell when she will be able to make her return. Since it’s become a difficulty for the three of us to continue activities, we have decided to disband. We feel really sorry towards our fans, but if you would see the three of us somewhere again please support us then, too. Thank you so much up until now.[1]

DiscographyEdit

Indies Singles
Major Singles

Compilation Albums

WorksEdit

Concerts Edit

Events Edit

  • [2001.04.14] Mini Live & Handshake Event at HMV Ikebukuro Sunshine 60th Street
  • [2001.04.07] Chiba Walker Special Mini Live Event at LaLaPort Center Court
  • [2001.07.20] HMV Tenjin at Event Space
  • [2001.07.23] HMV Sakae at Event Space
  • [2001.08.04] KSB Kyoto Best Hit Kayo Songs Public Live Broadcasting
  • [??.??.??] "Kokoro no Pheromone" no MEGA WEB de no Debut Event

TV Edit

  • [2000-2001] Idol wo Sagase (regulars)
  • [2000-2001] Hello! Morning (regulars)
  • [2001.06.26] WOWOW「Music Tribe 2001」
  • [2001.07.05] CD TV neo
  • {2001.07.13] AX Music Factory
  • [2001.06.26] Ongaku Tsuushin

Radio Edit

  • [2000.11] Funky Monkey Sheki (ファンキー☆モンキー☆シェキ☆) (regulars) , Friday 3:05 AM - 4:00 AM. It changed to 3:30 AM on April 1, 2001.
  • [01. 2001] POP JELLY BEANS (FM FUJI, regulars), Saturdays 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • [2001.06.27] FM FUJI「RADICAL LEAGUE」

Magazines Edit

  • [2001.03.24] BLT
  • [2001.04.11] Weekly Spa (週刊スパ), appears on front cover
  • [2001.05.30] Girl Pop July Issue (ガールポップ)
  • [2001.06.08] FINEBOYS July Issue
  • [2001.06.15] Shuukan - The Presentation (週刊ザ・プレステーション)
  • [2001.06.19] Zappy July Issue (ザッピィ)
  • [2001.06.24] KINDAI
  • [2001.06.24] BLT
  • [2001.06.24] Myojo
  • [2001.06.25] thrill
  • [2001.07.07] Duet
  • [2001.12.01] Gekkan Scout
  • [2001.12.07] Shuukan - The Presentation (週刊ザ・プレステーショ
  • [2001.12.19] Zappy January Issue (ザッピィ)
  • [2001.12.21] Ranzuki January Issue
  • [2001.12.23] Hot-Dog

TriviaEdit

  • The group's name comes from the word "Sekidou" (赤道; equator) and "doll" put together, creating the name "Sekidou Doll" or Sheki-Dol for short. The name is also a pun on "Shake it Doll."
  • At the time, all Hello! Project acts belonged to UP-FRONT AGENCY, but Sheki-Dol belonged to Green Park Music (グリーンパーク・ミュージック) (Now called Espro (エスプロ)).
  • Sheki-Dol were rumored to be "idol with contacts" as well as being rude to their fan base, resulting in fewer and fewer fans. They held a disastrous live performance where only 15 people attended. 
  • In one of their final interviews, they said: "Following stereotypes and patterns are boring. Rather than fearing the unknown, by enjoying new opportunities, Sheki-dol is constantly making an effort to widen its horizon. The future seems very bright for Sheki-dol".

References Edit

  1. [1]Sheki-Dol Official Web Site

External Links Edit

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