Saturday, December 27, 2008

Tang Li-Kwun - two songs

The famous singer Tang Li-Kwun (Teresa Teng / Deng Li Jun 鄧麗君) remains imprinted on the collective mind even thirteen years after her death.

Here is a very lovely song in Fukienwa (Fujianese language) recorded in 1971:
Unforgetable First Love

Look at the youtube picture - this is what I look like.

Just kidding! Shee! She is much more beautiful! I really really really wish that I looked like that!

And here's Tang Li-Kwun singing one of her most well-known songs.
Observing the Spring Wind

In my opinion she sounds too weepy in the second part, but she has such a beautiful voice! Fukine songs are all emotionally lilting and some are very magical. I don't like this song as much as the first, but it is much more popular.
Both songs were recorded when she was eighteen. She lived till she was forty two. She sang in Mandarin, Cantonese, Fujianese, and Japanese. And I think also in English and French, but I'm not sure.


Anonymous said...

Waaah, kawai des'ka!

The back of the hill said...

She does indeed have a lovely voice. I first heard her singing the songs for which Zhou Xuan was famous, and wasn't taken with her. But her singing in the Fukien dialect is much more appealing.

She was apparently extremely popular in Japan, singing Enka ballads.

The back of the hill said...

And yes, kawai to da max.


Here's another nice song by Tang Li-kwun.

Read the lyrics. Very sad.


And also this one:


我君離開千里遠, 放阮孤單守家門;
袂吃袂睏腳手軟, 瞑日思君心酸酸.

無疑一去無倒返, 辜負青春暝日長;
連寫批信煞來斷, 乎阮等無心酸酸.

一時變心袂按算, 秋風慘淡草木黃;
風冷情冷是無秧, 光景引阮心酸酸.

Somwhat slow and sad.