I was watching CCTV’s Spring Festival Gala 2011, which is a really interesting variety show as it had to satisfy a diverse audience of 1.3 billion Chinese who are celebrating Spring Festival that included people who love variety shows, old people, young people, people who love music, people who like dances, people who like traditional performances, people who like comedy and people who like magic shows and also the foreign stations broadcasting CCTV’s programmes i.e. people who’s interested in China and Chinese culture.
That night, I was stuck with a snoring Hubby and 2 sleeping kids. I decided to turn to the TV.
And instead of automatically reaching for the English DVD (yes, I am such a bad foreigner in China!!! I REFUSE to watch any Chinese TV) I decided to respect the Chinese tradition of a New Year and give CCTV a chance.
I love TV and I was also lucky enough to watch the Beijing Olympics 2008 on CCTV, which was simply amazing 😀
Boy, am I glad I turned on the TV that night!
I was mesmerized by the cultural performances, I was introduced to “cross-talk”, which is a kind of Chinese stand-up comedy, which almost always imparts moral values or asks the audience to think about (or respond to) what had just happened.
The Chinese are quite a talented bunch and I believe that lack of media exposure or marketing is what’s preventing them from being recognized abroad.
All my life, I listened to English songs and of course, Cantopop i.e. Leslie Cheung, Anita Mui, the Grasshoppers, Jacky Cheung (don’t really like him) and Alan Tam are probably the only Cantonese singers I know.
Then, I was introduced to Chinese music by my ex-boyfriend. The first Chinese album I listened to is by Wang Jie (王杰). I still like his signature song, “Wang Le Ni Wang Le Wo” (忘了你 忘了我) I just found out that he’s named “Dave Wang”!!!
And so on Spring Festival eve, I had had enough of Chinese cultural shows, “cross-talk” and magic shows (boring and un-environmentally friendly!) when the emcees announced the appearance of a grassroots rock band made up of 2 migrant workers. Here are
春天里 (Chun Tian Li) – cover by 旭日阳刚组合 Xuri Yanggang Band
These guys are FANTASTIC!!! They sang with so much heart and soul that you can just FEEL the pain they experience as migrant workers. I just LOVE the rawness of 44 year old Wang Xu’s voice and facial expression.
Tonight, I heard on CCTV news that the original singer, another rocker by the name of Wang Feng 汪峰 has banned the grassroots band from singing his song in future!
Awww…that’s just too bad. I’ve just “re-ignited” my journey into Chinese music only to find out that my current favorite band will not be able to sing my favorite song AGAIN?!
Interestingly, many people have not heard of Wang Feng UNTIL Xuriyanggang made his song popular.
I hope that Xuriyanggang they will continue to work hard and produce original music and NOT just be copy cats or cover singers.
Jia you, jia you!!!