Night of reggae
Grammy Award-winning artist Ziggy Marley ignited the reggae flame at
Beijing's Star Live House on Monday night. Reggae's favorite son began his
performance with the classic, Shalom Salaam.
Ziggy presented pieces from his new 2007 Grammy-winning album Love Is My
Religion in addition to songs from his previous solo album Dragonfly, hits from
his family band The Melody Makers, and of course classics by his legendary
father, Bob Marley.
Dressed in a white shirt and jeans, he commanded the stage like a gospel
preacher with his deep voice. He was backed by an adequate band that included
the horn and vocal support. Despite being used to larger venues around the
world, Ziggy showed his reggae power even in the more limited space of the
Beijing venue. Reggae fans had the opportunity to get up close and personal with
the international star.
Hundreds of fans, mostly expats in Beijing, packed the hall and swayed to
Ziggy's rhythm. Ziggy will wrap up his first China tour at the Shanghai Yun Feng
U2 donation with an Edge
The Edge is donating his favorite instrument to an auction benefiting Music
Rising, a charity the U2 guitarist co-founded to replace musical equipment lost
or destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. He's logged thousands of hours of stage and
studio time on the 1975 Gibson Les Paul. The 45-year-old musician has used the
guitar throughout his years with U2. "I wanted to give something really
significant that would really mean a lot for me to give. It deserved something
that I would miss," The Edge said in France.
The Edge's guitar was expected to fetch between $60,000 to $80,000, according
to the auction website.
The Edge, whose real name is David Evans, first discovered the area's rich
musical culture as a young member of U2. He was intoxicated by the city's jazz
funerals, where scores of musicians parade down the street in colorful costumes
covered with flowers and feathers.
Harisu to star in TV series
South Korea's most famous trans-gendered celebrity Harisu will play a
policewoman in her first TV series. She will star in a sex crime drama Police
Line as a policewoman who had been sexually offended by her stepfather when she
was a child. The TV series will be launched in June.
It is also reported that Harisu, aged 32, will get married to her boyfriend
who is five years younger than her on May 19.
Harisu has become a very famous singer and commercial star in South Korea
since she was successfully trans-gendered in 1998.
(China Daily 03/28/2007 page18)