Concerts to commemorate Hakka music artists

The Hakka Affairs Council will hold a concert to commemorate the late Hakka musicians Wu Sheng-chih (
吳盛智) and Lu Kim-siu (呂金守) in Pingtung and Taipei respectively on August 18 and November 9.

Born in Taitung, Lu (1935 - 2017) was a prolific composer who wrote more than 200 Hakka songs, such as “Taitung People (台東人)” and “Traveler with Old Suitcase (舊皮箱流浪兒),” in the time when Hakka music was overlooked. In a music career spanning over five decades, Lu had served as a driving force behind the development of contemporary Hakka pop music.

Lu also collaborated with Lee Long-lin (李龍麟) to transform Hakka legend of Lee Wen-ku (李文古) into narrative musical performance, popularizing such comedy performance among Hakka communities.  

Wu (1944 - 1983), born in Miaoli, was an established singer-songwriter whose works spanned Hakka, English, and Chinese songs. He was also the vocal and guitarist of Sunshine Ensemble (
陽光合唱團). His Hakka songs had influenced many Hakka music artists of young generation.

“Fated (無緣),” for example, is an innovative album that re-composed Hakka traditional folk songs with western music. The album created new possibilities for Hakka music and inspired many others.

Titled “Fated, Hope to See You Again,” the music concert will feature senior singers to perform Lu’s most celebrated songs. It will also invite singer Wing (羅文裕) to present songs he recomposed. Ayugo Huang (黃連煜), who served as the music director of the concert, will perform “Fated” to pay homage to Lu and Wu.

The concert will also invite Lee Wen Ku Opera Troupe (李文古歌劇團) to present the Hakka style comedy to audiences.

At the press conference, Hakka Affairs Council Lee Yung-de (
李永得) noted that Hakka music helps spread Hakka culture, and these senior Hakka artists had passed down Hakka culture through their works.

Minister Lee also pointed out that the submission of Hakka music to the Golden Melody Awards had decreased this year. Thus, the Council has the responsibility to encourage young music artists to engage in Hakka music creation. Minister Lee hopes that the music concert will introduce Hakka culture and music to more people and inspire them to create music.

Additional music forums will also be held on August 11 and October 2 in Kaohsiung and Taipei for the public to gain a deeper understanding of the two music artists.

“Fated, Hope to See You Again”

Date: August 18, 2018
Pingtung Performing Arts Center
Address: No. 4-17, Minsheng Road, Pingtung City, Pingtung County, 900, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

Date: November 9, 2018
Venue: Syntrend
Address: No. 2, Section 3, Civic Blvd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, 10058, Taiwan (R.O.C.)