SOAS University of London

Centre of Taiwan Studies

Hsieh Ming-yu-My Hoklo (Taiyu) Song Compositions

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Date: 4 July 2017Time: 1:00 PM

Finishes: 4 July 2017Time: 3:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: KLT

Type of Event: Summer School

This is part of SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies Summer School Programme.
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How do sights, sounds and words of Taiwan inspire a well-known singer-songwriter-producer like Hsieh Ming-yu? In an interview with the Taipei Times after winning the Golden Melody Awards in 2013 for his Hoklo (Taiyu) album, Tainan, Hsieh Ming-yu reminisced passionately about his fond childhood memories of Tainan, and how it defined him as a person. In fact, the album 10 songs were inspired by his visits to hometown stomping grounds and chats with strangers, friends, artists in the Tainan community. In his own words, the songs were a way 'to reclaim his own hometown.' In this talk, Hsieh Ming-yu will not only draw upon his own Hoklo compositions to illustrate how the language has come to define the uniqueness of Taiwanese culture and society, but also share his experiences and insights as a Hoklo songwriter.
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A Tainan native, Hsieh Ming-yu is a highly well-known singer-songwriter-producer who has penned songs for celebrity Hong Kong, Taiwanese and Singapore singers such as Andy Lau, Power Station, Anita Mui, William So, Kit Chan, Chris Yu and many others. Till date, he has composed a more than two thousand songs. In year 2000, after toiling for ten years in stressful Taipei, he gave up commercial music production and returned to his hometown, Tainan. He started pursing the carefree lifestyle of an “urban vagabond” and composed many more songs, inspired by his long strolls and conversations with neighbourhood eccentrics and artists in the laidback city. This refreshing turn has won him the “Best New Male Hoklo Singer” and “Best New Hoklo Album” awards at the 24th Golden Melody Awards in 2013.

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