Monday, September 10, 2007

Roll over, Yoko

And tell Tiny Tim the news. There's a new diva in town, and she's aiming for that coveted mucical niche - singers so bad that they're actually compelling to listen to. Her name is Wing, and she hails from New Zealand.
Wing Han Tsang (曾詠韓), the singer popularly known as Wing, has in a few short years achieved world-wide fame and a cult following that transcends borders and languages. When Wing sings, you cannot miss her sincerity and the pure joy she has for singing. With her unique voice and determined spirit, she has achieved what many singers can only dream of doing....

Getting started
Soon after emigrating to New Zealand from Hong Kong, Wing began singing for her own pleasure, and subsequently began entertaining patients at nursing homes and hospitals in and around the city of Auckland where she lives. She was encouraged by the response to her singing to consider making a recording, and with a grant received from Manukau City Council she released a very successful debut CD titled MUSICAL MEMORIES OF Les Miserables and The Phantom Of The Opera, featuring the title song from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, along with a number of other popular songs.


If nothing else, Wing is fearless. What other middle aged Chinese woman has the nerve to cut a CD titled "Wing sings AC/DC". Just listen to a sample of her cover of "Highway to Hell".

Wing also has the honor of having been animated into an episode of South Park. Fly on, Wing! Fly on!

6 Comments:

Blogger David said...

It's really the phrasing more than the voice, innit.

September 12, 2007 4:30 AM  
Blogger Duck said...

Definitely the pharasing, but that might just be a cultural thing. Chinese people might be more attuned to the short, straight phrasing of syllables. I think American tastes used to be more this way before the advent of jazz, blues and rock. If you listen to the way that singers phrase their lyrics on the Lawrence Welk show, it is closer to Wing than to any contemporary singers.

September 12, 2007 6:43 AM  
Blogger Duck said...

But the Lawrence Welk singers never tackled AC/DC.

September 12, 2007 6:44 AM  
Blogger Harry Eagar said...

Does anybody remember Mrs. Miller?

September 12, 2007 10:22 AM  
Blogger monix said...

I looked up Mrs Miller on youtube and can't recall ever seeing her on UK television but we did get Tiny Tim.

September 12, 2007 12:14 PM  
Blogger Harry Eagar said...

My memories of Mrs. Miller are thankfully dim, but she was a middle-aged American who sang, badly, in her chuch choir. About 35-40 years ago, somebody made an album and it was briefly a bestseller.

It was never clear to me whether she understood how bad she was or whether she was going along with the joke.

However, she sang standards. Not AC/DC

September 12, 2007 12:50 PM  

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