Can You Feel The (C-pop) Love Tonight? Three Unmissable Mandopop Renditions Of The Lion King Soundtrack
By: C.P Ching
Lion King Fever is hitting audiences worldwide! Just weeks after its official release, the remake of the popular classic becamethe fourth Disney film to surpass the $1 billion mark in ticket sales for 2019.
The Lion King fever has also inspired artists in the Mandopop scene to create their renditions. With several versions of the theme song (Can You Feel The Love Tonight) already hitting the interwebs.
Notable renditions include an acapella collaboration that features Lara Liang 梁心頤, Joanna Wang 王若琳, Anthony Neely 倪安東, Dawen Wang 王大文, White Chocolate 白色巧克力 and Vicky Sun.
This collaboration is an English acapella, that seamlessly blends the voices of the singers without any instrumental accompaniment.
With the Disney-like voiceovers incorporated at the beginning, this cover sounds like something that could be used in the actual Lion King movie. Especially in the scene where Simba reunites with Nala.
Another rendition garnering the attention of many netizens is the bilingual duet done by Sam Lin & Rose Liu 劉明湘.
This version is accompanied by a piano background played by the talented Sam Lin.
Overall, this version may appeal more to listeners that are looking for a cover with a ballad-feel.
oFinally, the official Chinese version is sung by Chinese pop legend; Jacky Cheung and American music icon; Beyonce.
This version is special as it manages to bring the two musical icons together to collaborate for the first time. It is a bilingual version of the song, that sees Jacky Cheung sings in both Mandarin and English.
Which version of "Can Do You feel the Love Tonight" do you dig the most? Let us know in the comment section below and be sure to cast your vote on our IG Story poll as well.
By Stella Soon
Jazz/Urban singer-songwriter 9m88 will be releasing her debut album, ‘Beyond Mediocrity 平庸之上’, on 8 August 2019!
9m88 (also known as Baba) has been active in the Mandopop indie scene since 2016, racking up collaborations with other Mandopop artists like Sodagreen’s Wu Qing Feng, OZI, and rapper Leo Wang. But her upcoming album drop will mark her first foray beyond these features.
'Beyond Mediocrity' is an independent release by Baba. She got her hands dirty in every stage of the creative process, from producing, marketing, to distribution.
“I wrote these songs under uncertainty about life ... ‘Beyond Mediocrity’ could mean a transcendent set of mind; it could also be moving beyond a goal in life,” 9m88 said on a Facebook post announcing the album release.
Earlier this week, Baba released the MV for 'Love Rain 愛情雨', one of the songs on her upcoming album. She busts out slick dance moves in the video, set to a track oozing retro vibes.
Singaporean songbird Meiting (OHMYMEITING) returns with yet another R&B single; this one titled 'Hungover You 宿醉'. Very much in line with her signature vein of sultry-sweet R&B vibes, the singer-songwriter reprises her musical stylings to a T whilst adding a more urban, groovy edge to her repertoire in this track.
'Hungover You' was inspired by Meiting waking up hungover one morning, and the clever metaphor for being hungover and being hung up on a past lover is not lost on us here. Reprising the song with ambiguous lines that could be referring to either after-effects of a bad breakup or a night out, Meiting skilfully weaves a playful yet bittersweet story out of this song line after line.
"I just wanna lie in my bed / Why is my head suddenly spinning / Feels like I'm the main character in a drama"
Once you get to the end of the song, the option is really still left up to the listener - whether they want to see the song as an ode to alcohol or to a lost lover. There's just something so playful and fun about that ambiguity to the meaning within the song which makes for a great listen time and again.
[MV Premiere] Experimental J-pop/World Music Drifter Aya Safiya Releases New Single '別れ歌 (Wakare-uta)'
Japanese-American singer-songwriter Aya Safiya takes a musical deep dive into rediscovering her heritage with new single '別れ歌 Wakare -Uta'.
Previously performing more in the World music genre - Balkan and Mediterranean music to be exact - the creative has often struggled to reconcile her many interests and diverse heritage. However on this latest track, Safiya shares that she feels she's hit some new ground.
"I perform in so many different genres and projects... I’ve been excited about this task because juggling them all has become overwhelming and disorganized...as I continued to brainstorm how I would best represent my music/brand I started to think bringing in the Japanese element actually might tie everything together since it’s singer-songwriter and pop like my music in English, but “worldly” like the Mediterranean and Balkan music I sing."