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Friday Song: Lo Ta-yu seeks Hong Kong’s roots in ‘Pearl of the Orient’

In 1986, Lo Ta-yu (罗大佑 Luō Dàyòu), a Taiwanese singer-songwriter and a cultural icon in Mandopop, went to Hong…

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Friday Song: Ai Jing’s yearning for Hong Kong in ‘My 1997’

“1997, please come soon, then I can go to Hong Kong.” In 1992, in the eyes of many on the…

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Friday Song: Ty. doesn’t want to go to America, so he wrote a rap called ‘America’

Ever been to America, America? There’s no doubt that the Higher Brothers are the most internationally successful rap act to…

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Friday Song: Vava’s cover of Honey Cocaine’s ‘Shady Wit Me’

Vava, one of China’s most popular female hip-hop artists, got her international break in 2018 with “My New Swag,”…

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Friday Song: Vinida takes the lead among China’s underground rappers

There’s something convincing about the way Vinida turns her parasol and raps “I’m the future you long for.” Her…

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Friday Song: ‘Song of Joy,’ a Jiangnan sizhu classic

Jiangnan sizhu — 江南丝竹 (jiāngnán sīzhú), literally meaning “Jiangnan,” an area south of the Yangtze River, and “silk and…

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Friday Song: ’99 Bends in the Yellow River’ and an elegy for Chinese civilization

“Do you know how many bends are on the Yellow River?” belts the singer above, in Shaanxi dialect, to…

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Friday Song: Beijing OG Nasty Ray

Today’s Friday Song comes to you from Beijing OG Nasty Ray, well known in hip-hop circles in China. In…

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Friday Song: ‘Beneath the Cherry Blossom Tree’ — the first love that never blooms

Spring is slowly impressing its touch into the earth. As a native Cantonese, I have a springtime ritual —…

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Friday Song: ‘Second Farewell to Cambridge,’ Xu Zhimo’s poem that inspired multiple songs

April marks National Poetry Month, and we’re running a series of articles to celebrate it. “Second Farewell to Cambridge” (再别康桥…

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Friday Song: “Wishing We Would Last Forever” and Su Shi

In celebration of National Poetry Month, today’s song has its roots in a Chinese classical poem from the…

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Friday Song: Erguna Band, the Inner Mongolian folk band that went mainstream

In the summer of 2001, four young college students from Inner Mongolia spontaneously formed a band and named themselves…

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Friday Song: Chyi Yu’s ‘The Olive Tree,’ which channels songwriter San Mao’s spirit of freedom

A few weeks ago, I recommended Chyi Chin’s “The Outside World.” Today’s song is a 1979 hit by…

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Friday Song: Su Zixu’s ‘Bare With Me,’ written between English pubs

Sū Zǐxù 苏紫旭 started his performing career hopping between bars in Nanjing, and later Beijing, where he continued this…

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Friday Song: Kangding (poetry x music version)

We’re music enthusiasts here at SupChina, from Kaiser’s former life as a head-banger to Jeremy lending his vocals to…

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