A lively night by Kewei
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A lively night by Kewei

2 Mar 2012 | Article by Max | Photos by Ping

It was a lively and powerful voice at an equally lively venue. On the night of 1st of March, we were at Switch by timbre, the latest hangout place in town for great live music, food and drinks. The powerful voice was contributed by Tay Kewei 郑可为, who was here to promote her latest album – Fallin.

I felt her voice was ideal for warming up this new place which was just opened two days ago. To present the songs from the album, she brought along a live band with keyboard, guitar, percussion and beatboxing. Although the first two songs – Fallin and Lay Down – were written by Kewei and her friend Tat Tong in jazz and bossa nova styles, the arrangements made them a lot more attractive and arousing in a live performance like this. Apart from her vocal talent, Kewei also demonstrated her ability with the instrument when she handled both the vocals and keyboard for Lay Down. Then she continued to impress the audience made up by renowned local musicians, her friends and fans by starting off the third song Ikanaide (行かないで) with an er-hu intro. This is a familiar tune originally written and sung by Tamaki Koji (玉置浩二) and covered by many popular singers such as Jacky Cheung (张学友) in Cantonese and Mandarin.

With this Japanese song, Kewei went on to talk about her plans for this album and her career. Answering questions from DJ Ivy of Y.E.S. 93.3FM, she explained that she left out Mandarin songs in this album to target the Japanese market. With her record company S2S’s connections in Japan, she is eyeing the Japanese market apart from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Taiwan where she has already launched the album at. She hopes to promote her album in Japan in June this year.

The show continued with two more songs from the album – American Boy and Singalong Song. Then she rewarded her fans with a familiar song from her previous album Come Closer… with Kewei, also the only Mandarin song on that night - 可不可以, with a new arrangement. To end the one-hour programme, Kewei wrapped up by rapping and singing the R&B J-pop favourite Baby I Love You.

Having watched Kewei’s live performance and listened to her album, we believe she is truly a multi-talented artiste who can write, arrange and perform excellently in both English and Mandarin. The local music scene is definitely more glittering with her music and performance, and at the same time, we hope that she will shine in the international arena.

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