By C.P Ching
Hip-Hop and R&B singer J. Sheon kicks off 2019 with a new song "That Fire" (燎). It is a specifically-tailored track in collaboration with music streaming platform MyMusic and racing mobile game; Garena Speed Field.
This special collaboration anticipates to wow it’s listeners with an addictive beat along with a catchy dance tune.
In addition to that, J.Sheon posted an update on his Instagram account announcing a few updates including the premiere of "That Fire" exclusively available on MyMusic followed by a full launch of the song on other full digital platforms on 1/24.
Furthermore, we can anticipate more new music from J. Sheon shortly after that.
By Matt Taylor
Pioneer of Taiwanese hip-hop music Dwagie 大支 has always been expected to do the unexpected, and this trend continued on Wednesday, January 9 as he decided to surprise upload a freestyle rap onto YouTube, with a corresponding casual video of him in the recording studio.
During a recording session, Dwagie says he was asked by a friend if he had met any women recently. Sending Dwagie’s creative juices flowing, he decided to wax lyrical about his recent miscellaneous escapades not by writing a song, but by freestyling his thoughts on a record called Spicy Taiwanese Sister 辣台妹.
In what is certain to be a surprise, the song was brought up on social media by none other than the President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen 蔡英文. In a Facebook post, she mentioned that she had seen the phrase across her social media and had been wondering why. In an interesting move, she decided to re-contextualise what we typically think of as spicy (typically used to mean hot or attractive), saying that it is an attitude with which one carries themselves, and that this spice can be interpreted as fiery and passionate. Whilst she herself is peaceful, when it comes to Taiwan, both herself and all Taiwanese people have a fire and passion, and suggested the new terminology of Group of Passionate Taiwanese 辣台派 .
This isn’t the first time that Dwagie and President Tsai have collaborated in some form. In 2017 President Tsai was featured in the chorus of Dwagie’s English-language song Light Up Taiwan 點亮台灣, a song designed to introduce foreign music listeners to Taiwan’s culture and history.
See below for the video for Spicy Taiwanese Sister 辣台妹.
Esplanade Singapore's Huayi Festival Presents Julia Wu, Yoyo Sham, Wonfu & The Freshman in 2019's in::Music collective
The Esplanade in Singapore has been a huge driving force for diversifying the Mandopop tastes of Singaporean/Southeast Asian audiences through their annual Huayi festival, bringing Mandarin artists both established and newer to the fore and giving them a chance for their talents to shine.
This year, their in::music showcase collective brings a diverse collection of Mandarin pop artists from Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, and even Australia!
In hour-long showcases, Asian-Australian R&B darling Julia Wu吳卓源 and indie pop songstress Yoyo Sham岑寧兒(of 追光者Lightrunners fame) are set to perform on the 23rd of February. Both bilingual artists; with Wu and Sham brought up in Australia and Canada respectively, one can expect particularly special interactions given their ability to speak both in Mandarin Chinese and in English.
On the 24th, Singapore's very own homegrown folk-pop duo The Freshman插班生 will be holding their first concert in two years as they return from touring with Heavenly King Jacky Cheung 張學友 as backup vocalists. Taiwanese indie veterans Wonfu 旺福 will also be performing on the 24th, bringing their quirky indie-folk offerings and promising a night of humour and freewheeling imagination for fans both old and new.
So spoilt for choice this February! Which act are you most interested in checking out?
Get tickets for the Huayi Festival from Esplanade's Box Office or SISTIC outlets. Alternatively, one can also purchase tickets through their website www.esplanade.com/huayi . See you there!
Muso W.Y. Huang (previously known as Yllis) enters into a hyperrealised collaboration with visual brand 18 Uppercut, scoring their 4-minute short 'Dukkha'.
Influenced deeply by their identities as part of the Asian diaspora, as well as the team's love for classic Kung-Fu films, Godzilla and Dragonball Z, this unique blend of animation, film, and sound is a new -albeit gory- experience in itself.
Pulling out all the stops in terms of discovering what it means to traverse the East-West gap, the team refer to what they were going for as "a blitz of beats, beatings and furious colour". Synapse slamming indeed!