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Veteran singer Wakin Chau is sick of singing love songs

Wakin Chau says having no sales pressure allows him to do what he really wants to do

Published on Jul 31, 2014 12:19 PM
Singer Wakin Chau’s latest album, Jiang Hu, The Rhapsody, received four nominations at the prestigious Golden Melody Awards. -- ST PHOTO: STEFFI KOH

While making his new album Jiang Hu, The Rhapsody, veteran Hong Kong-born singer Wakin Chau says he ended up feeling like a music courtesan.

Before you imagine him in drag, the jovial pop star adds: "A courtesan who doesn't sell the body."

Instead, he is referring to the practice of courtesans during the Tang Dynasty performing poetry by singing it and tweaking its form slightly by repeating certain phrases.

In a way, that was what he was doing with the words of celebrated Taiwanese writer and lyricist Chang Ta-chun on the record, which was released last December.

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