Listen to Ryuichi Sakamoto’s newly released final playlist, which was played at his funeral

The legendary musician died in late March

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Ryuichi Sakamoto’s management has shared a playlist curated by the late musician and composer, titled ‘Funeral’.

On May 15, his management wrote on social media: “We would like to share the playlist Ryuichi has been privately compiling to be played at his own funeral to accompany his passing. He truly was with music until the very end.”

Check out the post below.


The 33-track playlist features some of Ryuichi Sakamoto’s favourite music, including works from Back, Debussy and Ravel, and opens with an 11-minute piece “Haloid Xerrox Copy 3 (Paris)” from Sakamoto’s frequent collaborator Alva Noto.

Listen to the playlist below.

Ryuichi Sakamoto’s ‘Funeral’ playlist comes shortly after Milan Records released a newly compiled collection of solo works by the late Ryuichi Sakamoto, titled Travesía. The album was curated by Oscar-winning Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu, with the album’s title translating to ‘journey’ in Spanish.

The pioneering composer died on March 28, aged 71 after being diagnosed with colon cancer in 2021 and throat cancer in 2014. In late December last year, the lauded composer and founder of the Yellow Magic Orchestra played his final show, a livestreamed concert titled ‘Ryuichi Sakamoto: Playing the Piano 2022’.


Johnny Marr, Massive Attack and David Bowie’s estate were among those who led tributes to the composer.

Originally published on NME

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