Taiwan's delegation to BookFest Malaysia this year will not only include publishing representatives and writers, but also singers and performers who will help demonstrate Taiwan's cultural vitality with literature-inspired music and lyrics.
The Taiwan Literature and Music Night is slated for 7:30 PM through 9:30 PM on Aug. 2 at Malaysia's iconic Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. The lineup will include Taiwanese diva Maggie Chiang (江美琪) and singer-idol Peter Pan (潘裕文), as well as Taiwan-born Malaysian songstress Freya Lim (林凡).
Chiang, who is of Hakka heritage, is known for her romantic ballads and her songwriting abilities. Her soft vocals are lauded for their therapeutic characteristics and are most apparent in hit singles such as "Friend of a Friend” (朋友的朋友) and "Why Aren't You by My Side” (親愛的你怎麼不在身邊).
24-year-old Pan was part of the first season of music talent hunt show "One Million Stars” (星光大道) in 2007, which he won third place for his memorable vocals that complemented a wide range of different music styles.
Lim, a Taiwanese-Malaysian singer and DJ who started her career in Taiwan, has released 6 studio albums to date. She is best known for lending her voice to the sound tracks of several popular Taiwanese television dramas, including the 2010 runaway hit "The Shrewd Wife” (犀利人妻).
For the upcoming concert in Kuala Lumpur, however, the three singers will not be performing their own songs; instead, they've opted to perform a repertoire of songs based on Chinese-language literature.
Among the selected songs are "Wishing We Last Forever” (但願人長久) by the late Taiwanese icon Teresa Teng (鄧麗君), "Red Beans” (紅豆) by Hong Kong-based singer Faye Wong (王菲), and "Tune of the East Wind” (東風破) by Taiwanese singer Jay Chou (周杰倫).
Taiwan Literature and Music Night
Date: Aug. 2, 2014 @ 7:30 PM ~ 9:30 PM
Venue: Plenary Hall
Location: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
Address: Jalan Pinang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Entry: Free of charge