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Karaoke is a widely popular pastime that involves singing the lyrics of a song while accompanied by recorded background music.  It allows people to sing and interpret their favorite songs while uninterrupted by the original singer.  Karaoke has obtained global popularity, with particular success in the United States and Asia.

The word Karaoke, meaning empty orchestra, comes from “kara” which is an abbreviation of “karappo” and means empty, and “oke” which is an abbreviation of “okesutura” or orchestra.

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