For C-pop fans in their twenties, nostalgia takes a different tune. Before he started getting all glam for his stadium-packing shows? She sang this cover of Teresa Teng to commemorate her death in , and Teresa Teng herself adapted this song from Song Dynasty poetry. And starred in Chungking Express? She's pretty daringly weird for being China's most popular pop star.
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Well, first and foremost being a Mandarin School we wanted to share another great way to learn Chinese , after all, learning Chinese songs is a brilliant way to do just that. Karaoke with a mixture of Chinese and foreigners has the capability of bringing out a whole wealth of different tastes. Teresa Teng is widely regarded as having one of the most beautiful voices in the history of Chinese music and hearing this song for the first time, the thing that struck me was the togetherness of our Chinese friends. It was almost mesmeric. From the downright beautiful to the downright bizarre.
Mandopop refers to Mandarin popular music. The genre has its origin in the jazz-influenced popular music of the s Shanghai known as Shidaiqu , later influences came from Japanese enka , Hong Kong's Cantopop , and Taiwan's Hokkien pop —in particular the Campus Song folk movement of the s. The English term was coined around soon after " Cantopop " became a popular term for describing popular songs in Cantonese ; "Mandopop" was used to describe Mandarin-language popular songs of that time, some of which were versions of Cantopop songs sung by the same singers with different lyrics to suit the different rhyme and tonal patterns of Mandarin. Mandopop is categorized as a subgenre of commercial Chinese-language music within C-pop. Popular music sung in Mandarin was the first variety of popular music in Chinese to establish itself as a viable industry. It originated in Shanghai , and later Hong Kong , Taipei and Beijing also emerged as important centers of the Mandopop music industry. The company established a recording studio, and the first record-pressing plant in the Shanghai French Concession in , and became the principal record company to serve as the backbone for the young industry in China.
This is an attempt to distill the many diverse, fascinating currents of music in mainland China over the last 70 years into a primer, an invitation to dig deeper. In many ways, it offered a retelling of conventional musical wisdom. There are obvious deficiencies in this list: regional canon, such as the music of Yunnan or northwest China, is not adequately represented. Some genres are missing, and other choices are weird, based on research and not emotional, lived experience. This can be fixed! If anyone has any critiques, suggestions, or questions, please let me know at krishraghav on Twitter. You can check out the entire list — artists and titles in list view — here. Jump to decade: s s s s s s s. A recurring theme in the folksy red-adjacent songs of this time is the sheer diversity in setting and theme. As Julia Lovell has written in her unmissable new book Maoism: A Global History , a key objective at this time was to project the revolution as universal.