Posts Tagged ‘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.
She’s a former school teacher who goes by the name of Lung Siu-kwan, which means “little fungus”. She says she’s just as hardy as a fungus that can survive against all odds with the scantest of resources. She also sings from behind a costume that covers every inch of flesh, including her face. Varsity finds out why.
Listen to a dazzling choice of independent music online for free, or even better, upload and share your own.
Age is no barrier to making music for Hong Kong’s “Dad Bands”.
Reporter: Joyce Lee If you’ve ever wondered what to do with the thick wad of expired cards in your wallet, the Pickmaster Plectrum could provide an answer. The Pickmaster is a portable punch that allows you to make guitar picks out of any plastic – credit cards, membership cards, CDs – basically any piece of […]
Dr David Lee Ka-yan, who shot to fame as the singer of Siu Ming Visits Guangzhou says he doesn’t know how long his time in the spotlight will last. But he is enjoying every minute of it and doesn’t believe in thinking too far ahead. Varsity finds out what makes him tick.