Posts Tagged ‘music’
Known for her deep and emotive voice and iconic costumes, Cantopop legend Paula Tsui Siu-fung looks back on her 40-year singing career and shares her views on the music industry, as well as her unexpected popularity among young people.
Mention musicals and most people will think of productions from New York’s Broadway or London’s West End. But a group of dedicated performers, writers, producers and musicians are working hard to put on local musicals performed in Cantonese. It’s an uphill struggle, but they tell Varsity it is well worth the effort.
They have roots in the Philippines, India and Brazil but they are all Hong Kongers, and they are rapping about life in the city. Varsity meets members of the multicultural hip hop outfit Dope Boy and hear how rap helps them to break down cultural barriers
Lyricist Chan Wing-him broke Lin Xi and Wyman Wong Wai-man’s dominance of the local music industry by bagging the prize for Best Lyricist at the Ultimate Song Chart Awards this year. Here he tells Varsity about his journey from boy rebel to chart-topper.
Mention concerts in Hong Kong and most people think of glitzy shows by Cantopop stars in venues like the Hong Kong Coliseum. But in recent years, the territory has been playing host to a very different kind of music event. An increasing number of outdoor music festivals are attracting big name international headliners and showcasing local indie talent and changing the way Hong Kongers experience live music.
Simon Chung Wai-keung flirted with fame after beating Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing in a talent contest 36 years ago, and then faded into obscurity. Varsity meets the 60 year-old rocker who is enjoying his second brush with celebrity despite being knocked out of the national singing contest “Voice of China”.
Fly the Flyover is a project to turn the underpasses of Kowloon East into venues for rock concerts and other cultural events. The government says it will help to revitalise the area and provide more cultural spaces in Hong Kong. But local bands tell Varsity they believe the plan is just a ploy to jack up rents and squeeze them out of Kwun Tong’s factory buildings.
Not all singers perform for fame and fortune. Demo singers are unknown and usually uncredited, yet they are often the first artists to interpret and and record a song. While backing singers provide the harmonies that can complete and elevate an arrangement. Varsity lifts the veil on these unsung heroes of the music industry.
Most people would not be able to tell apart a hand-crafted violin from a factory produced one. But the pursuit of the perfect sound and the appreciation of true aficionados keep Hong Kong’s violin makers committed to their craft.
Imagine songs with lyrics but without words. Imagine sign language songs. Some advocates of sign language songs think they are a great way to bring the deaf and the hearing together and promote mutual understanding in a fun manner. But reality seems far more complicated. Varsity finds out why.