All posts tagged: concert

A Friday with Dadawa

Spending a Friday at a cultural center may not be ideal for many. For us, this is becoming the norm. Last Friday was no exception as the Hong Kong Cultural Centre hosted Hear the World, Dadawa in Concert 2010. If you haven’t heard of her before (like me), Zhu Zheqin, better known as Dadawa, is a phenomenal Chinese diva who will remind you of Bjork or Enya. Her third album, Seven Days, a collaboration with Oscar-winner Ross Kauffman, won the Best World Fusion Album at the Independent Music Awards in 2008. More than that, last year, she was named National Goodwill Ambassador for China of the United Nations Development Programme and was tasked to preserve ethnic minority cultures. This concert is a product of her travels to ethnic regions in Western China for the past year for her project Show the World, Culture-Based Development Goodwill Action for Ethnic Minorities. Hence, it featured excerpts from the traditional music of China rendered with ethnic music masters from the Mongolian, Kazakh, Yi, Miao and Tibetan ethnic groups. A …

Indian Ocean in Hong Kong

As invited by the Consulate General of India in Hong Kong, we ended this week with the concert of Indian Ocean at the Jockey Club Auditorium. This band from India plays contemporary fusion music. The concert is part of their world tour for 2010. They have already conquered the United States and Canada, and for the rest of this year, they will be in Mainland China, Sweden and Singapore. The members have been together as band for more than 20 years, yet it was their first time to play in Hong Kong. Their music started out as purely instrumental, but soon, their genre expanded to songs for Bollywood movies, as well as for movies that never happened. All the members of the band hail from Delhi, but at the concert, they also sang in Bengali and, you’d be surprised, Aramaic! I did not understand any of the songs they rendered, but music is music. What I liked the best was their song that calls for stopping the senseless violence between different religions. For those whose …