I read an interesting article this week. It was a commentary article published on a Taiwanese online media, and the story was about how rock singer Wu Bai deals with his hometown nostalgia in his Taiwanese songs.
Wu Bai and his band China Blue have released three Taiwanese albums in their 25 years of music career. The first one – Lonely Tree, Lonely Bird(樹枝孤鳥) – was published in 1998 and won him Golden Melody Awards’ (金曲獎) Best Album Taiwanese. The second one was Double-Faced Man(雙面人), released in 2005 and won him GMA Best Male Vocalist Taiwanese award. His third Taiwanese album – Hibiscus (釘子花) – was published in December 2016, and again won him GMA Best Album Taiwanese award. Continue reading “When Taipei becomes home”
Among Chinese Malaysian artists, I would say I remember the works of Freddie Wong (黃一飛) the most. Remembering his music in the sense that when I fall in love with his songs, I will always remember them – the melody, the style of his lyrics. Other than his interesting Hokkien-style of songwriting, his Hokkien songs allowed him to stand out from the crowd Continue reading “Hokkien Songs – the Malaysian Style”