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Friday Song

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 zàibié kāngqiáo)…

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

“Wishing We Would Last Forever” (但愿人长久 dànyuànrénchángjiǔ) is a Mandarin pop ballad sung by Chinese singer-songwriter/actress Faye Wong. Released on…

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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 after…

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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 Chyi’s elder…

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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 trend.…

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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 this groovy…

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Friday Song: ‘Lovebird’ and Lay Zhang’s path to international stardom

American hip-hop and electronic music group Far East Movement and Chinese pop star Lay Zhang 张艺兴 collaborated on “Lovebird,” a…

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Friday Song: ‘Goodbye Kiss’ by Jacky Cheung, Hong Kong’s ‘God of Songs’

The first time I encountered “Goodbye Kiss” (吻别 Wěn Bié) was through Michael Learns to Rock’s “Take Me to Your Heart,”…

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Friday Song: ‘Outside World’ and its yearning and heartbreak

I recently rewatched the Hong Kong musical film Perhaps Love and rediscovered this ’80s classic from singer-songwriter Chyi Chin 齐秦. Although…

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Friday Song: Yali Da — Big Pressure — from The Wu-Force

Dear reader — there is an important disclosure in the first three words of this story. When my wife Wú…

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How Hou Dejian went from Tiananmen protester to composer of the patriotic song ‘Chinese Dream’

On December 31, 2018, a song called “Chinese Dream” (中国梦 zhōngguó mèng) was performed at a “release ceremony” at a high…

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Friday Song: Li Jian’s deep, sensitive folk-pop, ‘On the Shores of Lake Baikal’

Ask anyone who knows about Li Jian 李健 and, at some point, they’ll most likely remind you that not only is…

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Friday Song: ‘Song of Pig,’ which is very rude to pigs, launched China’s first internet pop star

With the Year of the Pig just around the corner, people in China are buzzing about the release of 5G…

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Friday Song: Carsick Cars — Zhong Nan Hai

Before delving into a brief history of one of the “most admired Chinese bands in the world,” it’s important to…

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Friday Song: Na Ying, the singing legend, and her unforgettable swan song

“Sadness” (默 Mò), released in 2015 by Na Ying 那英, is not as much a song as it is an atmosphere of…

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