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Message Subject INCREDIBLE VOICES, AND MUSIC WHICH COMFORTS AND INSPIRES IN DIFFICULT TIMES
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Thank you: very interesting story about. the Taiwanese singer who was not allowed to sing "unhappy" songs. The songs - and real emotions - were censored, in fact. Immediately makes me think of others, like journalists, whose self-expression is censored when they land in jail. One of my first "awakening" moments was reading INDEX ON CENSORSHIP a long time ago, where imprisoned journalists worldwide were listed....




Yao Su Rong, from Taiwan, still very, very popular in Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Singapore and Malaysia... She was doing a concert a long, long time ago in Taiwan, a lot of her songs deal with heart break and at the time a lot of her songs were forbidden in Taiwan because all songs had to be "happy songs". At the concert many fans kept screaming for those forbidden songs, she gave in, performed one and got arrested. She never recorded or performed after that and is now an elderly lady living a quiet life in Singapore......



Wong Ching Yian (also translated as Huang Qing Yuan)... They used to call him the Elvis from Singapore :) Back in the 60's together with Maurice Patton and The Melodians he developed some music styles knows as Off Beat Cha Cha, Hala Hala and A Go Go, mixing Chinese traditional music with Western music, it didn't just caught on, it set the whole of South East Asia on fire, so next time you see an album from say James Last called "A Go Go" you now know where that term is coming from......
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