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Kubota Toshinobu

Kubota Toshinobu

Kubota Toshinobu (久保田利伸) is a Japanese singer-songwriter and music producer.


  • Nicknames: Funky Kubota (ファンキー久保田), Kubojaa (クボジャー), King Of J-Soul (キング・オブ・Jソウル)
  • Birthdate: July 24, 1962
  • Birthplace: Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka Prefecture
  • Blood Type: O
  • Height: 160 cm


Kubota got his start in 1981 when he met Haneda Ichiro at Komazawa University where they started the band HOTTENTOTS. Then a year later, he entered the contest EASTWEST'82 and won the Best Vocalist award. By winning the contest, Kubota earned a record deal for his band to release their own music. He also started to appear as a guest vocalist for various albums for artists like Matsuoka Naoya.

By the mid-80s, Kubota began to compose for various artists like Iwasaki Hiromi, Koizumi Kyoko, and Tahara Toshihiko. Then in 1986, he finally debuted as a singer with the single "Shitsui no Downtown". But, Kubota didn't his break until his fourth single "Cry On Your Smile", which cracked the top ten on the Oricon charts. Before the decade was over, he would release his first best album, entitled the BADDEST, which sold over a million copies.

In 1993, Kubota went to New York to work on his music. Two years later, he debuted in America under the name Toshi Kubota. That same year, he released the single "LA・LA・LA LOVE SONG", a duet with model Naomi Campbell, which became his best selling single as it sold over a million copies.

Kubota later appeared as on the American television show Soul Train in 2004, becoming one of the few Japanese to appear on the show.


Kubota Toshinobu (1980s)

Original Japanese Albums

Original American Albums


Best Albums

Collaboration Album

Tribute Album

Japanese Singles

American Singles


  • [1988.05.21] SUPER DUPER VOL.1
  • [1988.07.02] Keep On Dancing
  • [1990.12.01] SUPER DUPER VOL.2
  • [1991.07.01] Nihonichi no BONGA WANGA OtokoS TOUR '91 (日本一のBONGA WANGA 男S TOUR '91)
  • [1992.03.01] SUPER DUPER VOL.3
  • [1995.01.28] SUPER DUPER VOL.4
  • [1996.12.02] SUPER DUPER VOL.5 from New York
  • [1997.03.01] TOSHINOBU KUBOTA CONCERT TOUR '96 "Oyeees!"
  • [2000.10.18] SUPER DUPER VOL.6
  • [2007.08.08] LIVE 2006 "WE FOR REAL"



Hirai Ken

Iwasaki Hiromi

Koizumi Kyoko

Matsuda Akiko

Matsumoto Noriko

Moritaka Chisato

Nakamori Akina'

Nakayama Emiri

Nakayama Miho

Oginome Yoko

Sai Etsuko


Tahara Toshihito

Takahashi Mariko


Yamashita Tomohisa

Yoshmoto Miyoko

Yoshino Sayaka

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