Japan's new unique girl band
Pop idols can come and go quicker than you can say Simon Cowell. But you can't accuse Japan's latest girl group of not having longevity. KBG84 – a play on teeny boppers AKB48 – have an average age of 84. The pensioners have played to sell-put crowds on a nationwide tour and have now been offered a record deal “When I first heard someone call us 'idols' I thought an idol meant someone who had lived a long life and was at the gates of heaven,” pint-sized diva Tomi Menaka, 92, told AFP. “But in Tokyo they told me it was an entertainer – which was a relief because I thought it meant I was on my way to heaven." The 33-strong group of singers and dancers hail from the island of Kohama in Okinawa and released a single called 'Come on and Dance, Kohama Island', with a heart-warming video shot on the tiny honeymoon isle, which has a population of just 600. Okinawan islanders have one of the highest life expectancies in the world.