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      about music creation.”                             “                   member    of   the  Hong    Kong
        Lam  believes  that  creating  songs                                 Professional Teachers’ Union, has
 “    about current issues can arouse public   Government pun-               devoted to music production for more
                                                                             than 20 years. He wrote a Cantonese
      awareness. “Some people may not care
 I used the phrase   about politics. Some may find news  ishes the good and   song  《疫瘋》with his friends
      boring. Music can repackage news by
 “black cops” many   adding different styles to it such as a  rewards the evil. Its   about how ordinary citizens resist the
                                                                             government. The team published the
 times in most of my   sense of humour,” he says.  action is the reason      music video on YouTube in May.
        Law predicts a decline in audience
                                                                                Fong describes his team as a group
 songs. I may soon be   as people may tend to discuss political   why creators lose   of people who care about Hong Kong.
      issues less openly under the law. “I’ve
                                                                             “We want to entertain ourselves and
 arrested.  never thought the situation would   the motivation to            voice out our thoughts and resonate
      become like this,” Lam says. “In the
                                                                             with people through music,” he says.
      past, I thought this only happens in    produce work.                  “Music can help everyone express
      China. Now, Hong Kong is the same,”                                    their thoughts. It is not just an idea. It
 ”    Lam says.                                                              can be watched, listened to and shared

         Survive under a Vague Law                       ”                   with others. As a creator, this is the
                                                                             greatest joy.”
 wn po
 orms his o
 tical mu
 y Lam creates and perf
 Sunny Lam creates and performs his own political music.   Another music producer Fong
 (Photo courtesy of Sunny Lam)
 ( Photo c ou rtesy o f Sunn y Lam)                                              Yet, he loses motivation to produce
      King-lok also shares Lam’s feelings.                                   music after the law was introduced
 Contagious F ear ov er the Law  up (producing political songs) in Au-  have been repeatedly  denied  and   “I do not expect the law to come so   in  June.  “Frankly  speaking,  the  law
 Contagious Fear over the Law
 “  will avoid using terms like “Free   gust,” he says. “With the introduction  denounced by police and government   soon,”  Fong  says.  “(Despite  the  law,)   makes me feel discouraged. I lose
 Hong Kong, revolution now” or   of the law, the government may say I  officials.  we will continue to create music and   the will to express my opinion,” he
 I eplace the phrase with other   am  spreading  rumours  through  my   Lam says some netizens he has   sing our minds.”  says. Fong thinks the lack of room
 terms when I write songs,” says Sunny   songs about the 831 incident.”   worked with share his fear. “Some   Fong, an executive committee   for tolerance and respect for different
                                                    Fong King-lok
 Lam, a local political singer who has   On August 31, 2019, police  netizens wrote lyrics for some of my   F o ng King - l ok
 been creating music videos about   entered Prince Edward MTR station  songs about Hong Kong. They told
 political issues since 2014. With more   to arrest people after receiving reports  me they would stop doing it because
 than seventy thousand subscribers on   that protesters assaulted members  of the law,” he says.
 his YouTube channel, Lam expresses   of the public and damaged station   People around Lam, especially his
 fear over the national security law   properties. Video footage showed  parents, advise him to stop his pro-
 which came into effect on June 30.  police pepper-spraying protesters  duction to avoid violation of the law.
 He is concerned about the ambi-  inside a train carriage and ordering  “I used the phrase “black cops” many
 guity in the law. “The government in-  them  to  kneel  against  a wall  with  times in most of my songs. I may soon
 terprets everything,” Lam says. “Once   their hands on their heads before  be arrested,” Lam says.
 the  government  says  you  violate  the   making arrests. Commuters protected   Despite his fear of being arrested,
 law, then you are.”   themselves with umbrellas, but  Lam says he will keep producing new
 Having published two songs about   some were still seen bleeding from  songs and post them on his YouTube
 the Prince Edward 831 incident on   head injuries. The event generates  channel. “I am scared, but I won’t stop
 his channel, Lam worries about be-  unsubstantiated claims of deaths that  doing it,” he says. “I am still passionate
 ing arrested. “I thought about giving


 In the past, I thought this only happens in

 China. Now, Hong Kong is the same.

                Scene in the mu sic video produced by F o ng King - l ok. ( Photo c ou rtesy o f F o ng King - l ok)
                Scene in the music video produced by Fong King-lok. (Photo courtesy of Fong King-lok)
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