The word Karaoke is a Japanese Compound word that has been abbreviated. “kara” is short for Karappo, which means “empty” and “oke” is the abbreviation of Okesutura which means “orchestra”.
It was first created as a form of entertainment for Japanese businessmen to relax and have fun after a hard day of work. The first machine created for the purpose of Karaoke was made in the 70’s and it started to gain a lot of popularity in the 80’s when it also reached the western world. This has become one of the most popular pastimes for people all over the world.