Weekend listening pleasure?
Zheng Hong 郑虹 from the southern province of Fujian (portrayed as a daughter of a wushu exponent) emerges as China’s Adele, from the increasingly popular talent program The Voice of China, catching the hearts of the judges and audience alike.
Apologies – video comes without subtitles. She sings from 02.00 to 04.30.
The comments that come with the video range from positive to negative ones that highlight copy cat, but I prefer to look at it another way, here’s a great example of East learning from some of the best of the West. From knowing that talent can be rewarded through the format of a relatively unbiased talent-based platform, discovering what would otherwise be bedroom musicians, to learning about the contemporary Western narrative through popular music, these democratic gestures expressed through Chinese popular culture can only bridge more divides.