By Stella Soon
It’s never easy combining two different musical genres.
But fusing their R&B/soul and lyrical rock styles together in a joint showcase are Singaporean singer-songwriters Ariane Goh 伍芝儀 and Mary Wong 黃麗慧.
Pushing the boundaries of their musical styles, the good friends have also co-written a song and will be dueting each other’s tunes then.
Asian Pop Weekly writer Stella Soon caught up with the musicians about working together and what’s on their plates for the rest of 2018.
In collaboration with Taiwanese YouTuber/singer-songwriter Dena Chang, Asian Pop Weekly is launching an all-new video & print interview series called ‘Cream of the C-pop’ where we go deep with our favourite Mandopop artists to create effortlessly engaging content accessible for both Eastern and Western audiences. Each episode will comprise of a video interview and tailored game segment hosted by Dena aired on her YouTube channel. Kowen’s written interview will first be released on Asian Pop Weekly, followed by the video on Dena's YouTube soon after.
Author: Stella Soon
Editor: Jocelle Koh
Photos by: Anrong Xu
Kowen Ko (柯智棠)’s low, husky voice and guitar-clad figure tugs at the heartstrings of many. But few know that being a singer was never on the 28-year-old’s plans. Neither did he grow up listening to Taiwanese Mandopop.
So in our interview with the 2016 Golden Melody Awards Best Mandarin Male Singer and Best Newcomer nominee, it seems like he’s come a long way. And now that we have a better idea of the spontaneous, humble soul behind the voice, we’re here to share it with you.
About this feature series: ‘Profiles' is an all-new feature series where we dedicate an article to highlighting how certain Mandopop artists have changed the scene. These features promise a unique perspective and shine a new light on artists that we think deserve to be applauded for their contributions to the contemporary Mandopop scene.
By Matt Taylor
Editor: Jocelle Koh
Formatting: Raymond Hiew
"I am going to do something great today — it is one of the decisions I made for myself since I turned 30. I finally understand why people like to take selfies of themselves as you really want to take a picture of yourself when you have a high morale."
The world of Chinese language entertainment spun into mourning on Sunday (August 5) when it had been announced that Hong Kong musician and actress Ellen Loo盧凱彤 had under non-suspicious circumstances been found on the floor outside her residency building after falling from her apartment. Ellen was 32 years old.
Since that unfortunate day, there has been an overwhelming outpouring of sympathy and sadness from celebrities, politicians and fans alike. Choosing to premiere our Profiles feature series with an article on Ellen however, is not to lament this tragic loss, but rather to celebrate and pay homage to the understated talent, endearing spirit and lasting legacy of one of pop music’s brightest and alternatively influential stars.
Defying Societal Gender Expectations in Pop Music