Game and Anime Talents Release COVID-19 Charity Single from Cowboy Bebop

COVID-19 Charity Single from Cowboy Bebop

LOS ANGELES – May 1, 2020 –  Composer Mason Lieberman in conjunction with Sunrise and Funimation is pleased to present an unprecedented musical collaboration between the videogame and anime industries to support Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and the CDC Founation’s COVID-19 response. Paying tribute to Yoko Kanno’s iconic Cowboy Bebop soundtrack, “The Real Folk Blues” includes over 40 guests from across both industries, including original composer Yoko Kanno and her band, the Seatbelts, alongside original cast members and other contributors to the soundtrack. This jazzy number is funky, upbeat, and a whole lot of fun with so many guest contributors. “The Real Folk Blues” is licensed and available today on Bandcamp with donations maximized thanks to Bandcamp waiving their revenue share for today only in recognition of the global impact of COVID-19. A special vinyl edition can now be pre-ordered through Qrates and the single will launch on worldwide storefronts (including Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon Music) on May 8, 2020.

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Project Organizer Mason Lieberman

“This song was originally the end credit theme for Cowboy Bebop, a generation-defining anime series,” explains project organizer Mason Lieberman. “This project grew out of the goal of creating something fun and beautiful with the huge number of available musicians who have been sidelined as COVID-19 shuts down our entire industry. As it snowballed and grew, I realized we needed to use this as a valuable opportunity to give back to others and support everyone else who has been impacted by this crisis. I am greatly honored to present this smorgasbord of musical talent; many of my personal heroes are present on this release, and it is a tremendous joy to see them all working so hard for the greater good in this exceptional time of need.”

“The Real Folk Blues” Music Video

The full list of contributors and their key credits are as follows:

Music Direction/Arrangement – Mason Lieberman (Senior Game Audio Coordinator at Tencent. Composer/recording artist on projects like RWBYBeyblade BurstRising of the Shield HeroLeague of LegendsSuper Smash Bros., and more)


Special Guest Band – The Seatbelts (The original band led by Yoko Kanno that featured on the OST of Cowboy Bebop)

Band Arrangement and Direction for The Seatbelts – Yoko Kanno

  • Trumpet – Koji Nishimura
  • Trumpet – Eric Miyashiro
  • Trombone – Yoichi Murata
  • Vocals – A-sha Mai Yamane
  • Percussion – MATARO
  • Upright Bass – Hitoshi Watanabe
  • Drums – Yasuo Sano
  • Electric Guitar – Tsuneo Imahori

Special Guest

  • Vocals – A-sha Mai Yamane
  • Mix / Additional Guitar – Masahiro Aoki (Legendary former composer at Capcom with credits on Mega ManStreet Fighter VAstral Chain, and more)
  • Mastering Engineer – Jett Galindo (Mastering engineer at The Bakery LA on projects like the La La Land OST, Barbara Streisand, and Green Day)
  • Organ – Robbie Benson (Band leader of Super Soul Bros)
  • Keys – Ed Goldfarb (Series composer, Pokémon: The Animated Series)
  • Guitar – David McLean (Guitarist on Beyblade BurstOne Minute Melee, host of Animyze)
  • Synth/Additional Sound Design – Jason Walsh (Senior composer and sound designer at Hexany Audio with recent credits including Overwatch ContendersPUBG Mobile, and League of Legends)
  • Bass – Matthew Hines (Touring bassist with recent gigs including the Jonas Brothers, Ledisi, Summer Walker, Kiana Lede, Bazzi, and more)
  • Drums – Kevin Brown (Touring drummer with recent gigs including Jason Hawk Harris, the Southern California Brass Consortium, and more)
  • Saxophone – Zac Zinger (Composer and woodwind player for Street Fighter VJump ForceMobile Suit Gundam: Side Stories, and more)
  • Flute – Kevin Penkin (Series composer, Made in AbyssRising of the Shield Hero, more)
  • Lead Vocal – Shihori (J-pop singer and song-writer on shows like Fairy TailMacross FrontierIrregular at Magic Highschool, and more.)
  • Lead Vocal 2 – Úyanga Bold (Lead vocals on things like Mulan (2020), League of Legends, and multiple projects with Hans Zimmer/Pinar Toprak etc.)
  • Lead Vocal 3 – Raj Ramayya (Lead vocals on Cowboy Bebop: The MovieWolf’s RainMade in Abyss, and more)
  • Backing Vocal 1 – Dale North (Composer for DreamscaperWizard of LegendSparkliteNintendo Minute, and more)
  • Backing Vocal 2 – Dawn M. Bennett (Voice actress for anime and game series like Dragon Ball SuperFairy TailRWBYBorderlands 3, and more)
  • Backing Vocal 3 – Kaitlyn Fae (Filipino-American singer, actor, writer, director, co-host on the nerd video podcast, PanGeekery)
  • Rap 1 – Substantial (Legendary jazz-hop rapper, Nujabes’ collaborator, with dozens of major placements and projects)
  • Rap 2 – Mega Ran (Critically-acclaimed nerdcore legend)
  • Rap 3 – Red Rapper AKA Zaid Tabani (Rapper with credits on Street Fighter, the EVO worldwide fighting tournament’s main theme, and Rooster Teeth’s Red VS. Blue)
  • Poem – D.B. Cooper (Voice sctress and director on HearthstoneBioshock 2The Amazing Spiderman 2Ghostbusters (2016), DC Universe Online, and more)
  • Spoken word – Beau Billingslea (Voice actor from Cowboy Bebop – Jet Black)
  • Ending Tag – Steve Blum (Voice actor from Cowboy Bebop – Spike Spiegel)
  • String Director/String Arranger/Orchestrator/Disco slide king – Lance Treviño (Film composer for titles like Beyblade Burst GodHanazukiChef’s Table, and more!)
  • String Copyist/Orchestrator/String Mockup – Dallas Crane (Multimedia composer and personal assistant to Austin Wintory)


The string section is composed of brilliant artists whose individual credits include grammy nominations, tours with artists like Eminem, Sting, and Hans Zimmer, and recordings for soundtracks like Steven UniverseGod of WarThe Lion King (2019), and many, many more.

  • Violins – Molly Rogers , David Morales BoroffFelicia RojasJeff Ball
  • Violas – Joe ChenMolly Rogers Isaac SchutzJeff Ball
  • Cellos – Andrew DunnDavid Tangney
  • Upright Bass – Travis Kindred

Music Video

  • Zaid Tabani
  • Dallas Crane

About Mason Lieberman

Mason Lieberman is a senior game audio coordinator for Tencent, the largest videogame company in the world. In this position, he has the indescribable honor of working with many of the best audio professionals in the industry on a daily basis. Having started his professional journey as a full-time freelancer, he is most known for his work composing on anime series like Rooster Teeth’s RWBY and Beyblade Burst Evolution, amongst many others. In 2019, he partnered with Asia Pacific government officials as an international ambassador to Australia representing the videogame music industry. As a cellist, guitarist, and vocalist, Mason has had the great pleasure of working with a wide variety of film and gaming franchises, with personal favorites including The Rising of the Shield Hero, Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. franchise, Riot Games’ League of Legends, AMC’s The Walking DeadMade in AbyssWarhammer: VermintideHell’s Kitchen, and God Eater.

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