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Cibo Matto Biography

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Birth Place: New York City, USA
Years Active: 1994 - 2001
Genres: Acid Jazz, Indie Rock, Shibuya Kei, Samba, Trip-hop

Cibo Matto (meaning ''crazy food'' in Italian, and pronounced ) was a New York City-based band formed by two Japanese women, Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori, in 1994. The lyrics in their songs are primarily concerned with food, possibly used as a metaphor. Their sound has been described as a combination of "Jazz, Hip-Hop, Brazilian music, African Drumming, Japanese Rock, Disco samples, and the cheap, under-funded, un-talented but, nevertheless, creative and genius of the spirit of the underbelly of the city."

While the two founding members of the group are Japanese expatriates, they are not popular in Japan; the group did not gain nearly as large a following in Japan as it did in the United States. According to Billboard, their "minialbum" ''Viva La Woman!'' sold only 20,000 copies in Japan but over 74,000 copies in the U.S. Japanese producers did not understand why the group was liked at all.