August 2, 2009

Mandarin Singing

Filed under: Uncategorized — ktetaichinh @ 9:33 am

Songs are a great way to learn new vocabulary and idioms. I have a few Mandarin children’s songs posted, but for those whose musical tastes are more contemporary, check out these artists nominated for Taiwan’s Golden Melody Awards, scheduled for June, 2009.

  • Lee-Hom Wang
    Wang is an American who started learning Mandarin when he was 18. He is now fluent in the language, and has built a strong career as a singer, composer, and film actor. He is nominated for Best Mandarin Male Singer, and Best Single.
  • Khalil Fong
    Fong was born in Hawaii, but his family moved to China when he was 6. He speaks English, Mandarin, Shanghainese and Cantonese. He is a singer/songwriter and covers many styles of music, including R&B, Soul, and Jazz. He is nominated for Best Mandarin Male Singer, Best Composer, and Best Music Arrangement.
  • Eason Chan
    Chan was born in Hong Kong, but studied in the UK from the age of 12. He began his music career on his return to Hong Kong in 1995. Chan sings and plays several instruments, including piano, violin, accordion, guitar and drums. His music styles range from rock to electronic. He is nominated for Best Mandarin Album and Best Mandarin Male Singer.
  • May Day
    One of Taiwan’s most popular rock bands, May Day is a five-member band formed in the mid-1990s. They sing in Taiwanese and Mandarin. The Beatles count as one of their main influences, and they would like to be known as The Beatles of the Chinese World. They are nominated for Best Band and vocalist Ah-Xin is also nominated for Best Lyrics Writer.
  • Jay Chou
    Chou is a Taiwanese artist who is nominated for six awards at the Golden Melody Awards – Best Song of the Year, Best Mandarin Album, Best Mandarin Male Singer, Best Composer, Best Lyrics Writer, and Best Album Producer. He is popular throughout Asia, with 12 album releases in the last 9 years. Besides his music career, Chou is also an actor, director, and producer.

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