What a wonderful afternoon this was! Thanks so much to the Poly University for inviting us to collaborate with them for one of the Social Innovation Festival’s main events, the “Voices Concert”. It was a pleasure to work with and see these awesome five Hong Kong acts, psych up the crowd and celebrate the opening of the Jockey Club’s Innovation Tower. Thanks to awesome MC Host Wong Chi Chung and to all the staff at Poly University. The sound was great, the atmosphere was great and we are all very happy to be supporting such great musical happenings!
love Chris B x
Kolor oozes professionalism. From the moment they got on stage, they entertained the audience with a 4 song set of slick, well arranged Canto light rock. All the four songs were “singles” from the past albums/EPs and thus were all well known to the crowd and that was quite clear. As always, Kolor had a great stage presence and engaged the early afternoon crowd right from the start. All in all, a great start to the rainy afternoon.
Juicy Ning 朱凌凌
Juicy Ning 朱凌凌 comprises a group of thespians who play Cantonese pop music music when their busy rehearsal schedule allows them to get together for such. Due to their background their sets are always highly entertaining, if not for their music, for their antics and theatrics between songs. The group was minus one member (the guitarist) but the remaining quartet more than covered for the gap. In terms of theatrics the bass player played the entire set with the gig case on his back with an umbrella strapped on, which, although limiting his movement somewhat, did add a comical air to the proceedings (especially when he took a bow).
It’s very rare to find a local band that plays genuine reggae music in Hong Kong – Sensi Lion is one such band. The front man, Mouse, is passionate about the genre and has been fronting various reggae bands for a number of years. The lyrics are in Cantonese, which is very well suited for this style of music, and Sensi Lion, a 6 piece including 2 members on “brass” (one trumpet and one sax, which strictly speaking isn’t a brass instrument), executed the music flawlessly.
Cantonese is a dialect which is particularly well suited for rapping and MastaMic, a well known hip-hop artist on the scene, appeals to his generally younger audience with his music, much of which is satirical social commentary. This is evident from the response he got from the audience, within a university setting – MastaMic played to the crowd, which responded enthusiastically.
A band that has been around for almost a decade, Rubber Band, much like many “mainstream” local rock bands, plays a blend a Cantonese light rock. However, in some of the tracks you can still catch a hint of its indie/alternative roots, delivered with fire and enthusiasm. Once again, the band worked the audience well and had a great stage presence, and by the end of the set the audience was shouting for more (which they duly obliged). A fitting end to an afternoon of great local music.
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