KOPITONEZ is the first Asian-interest a cappella group at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Conceptualized in 1997, Kopitonez was officially formed in the Winter of 1998 at the university by a group of students from Singapore. Since the group's formation, they have been performing songs in a wide range of languages, including English, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and Singaporean. The purpose of this unique a cappella group is to perform a diverse selection of songs to promote cultural awareness throughout the community. This multicultural and multi-ethnic group takes pride in singing music from different parts of the world and genres, while having fun at the same time!

What does "Kopitonez" mean?

Ko-pi-tonez [koh-pee-tohns]

一. an Asian-interest a cappella group at U of M.
二. a group of people that sing, eat, and have too much fun together.
三. a bunch of loons.
四. a group of friends with the amazing propensity for standing in doorways

ko-pi [koh-pee]

一. (capitalized) an individual member of Kopitonez.
二. (from Malay) coffee: kopi is readily available at Espresso Royale on State Street, the location of Kopitonez' first meeting.

tone [tohn]

一. Music. a musical sound of definite pitch, consisting of several relatively simple constituents called partial tones, the lowest of which is called the fundamental tone and the other harmonics or overtones.

—verb (used with object)
二. to give the proper tone to (a musical instrument).

z [zee]

what we and everyone else on campus need: sleep.

Evolution of the Kopi Logo

The Kopitonez logo was first created by Cheryl Lim in 1998 (left), then modified by Kozue Nakane in 2003 (middle), and most recently altered by Iris Chen in 2009 (right). The logo encompasses Kopitonez' coffee origins and musicality.

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