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Flashbacks to Cantonese Naamyam

The Centre for Chinese Music Studies co-organized the ‘Revenge in Guang Chang Long CD Launching Ceremony and Concert’ with the Xiqu Centre, West Kowloon Cultural District on 2 March. Prof. Yuen Siu-fai, Dr. John Chan Cho-chak, Prof. Andrew Chan Chi-fai and other naamyam artists presented a concert of traditional naamyam at the ceremony. Cantonese naamyam is a traditional form of Cantonese narrative singing that gained popularity in the early 20th century. To pass on this cultural heritage, the Centre published the recording Revenge in Guang Chang Long by one of the most renowned naamyam artists Dou Wun. It was made of a live tea house performance that preserved Dou’s voice and the atmosphere of the traditional setting for the singing.

This article was originally published in No. 534, Newsletter in Mar 2019.