WFMH Shares 5 Asian Songs to Celebrate Asian Lunar New Year- Year of the Metal Rat

The Asian Lunar Year starts Jan. 25th 2020. The Year of the Metal Rat will be a test of resilience for all zodiac signs. The year of the Rat commemorates a year of excess because rats love to collect, hoard and eat food. The corresponding element is metal for 2020. Metal can signify extra coins or better finances for all zodiac signs, so take advantage of new employment prospects, investments or play the lottery. As an Chinese American family, we wish you a prosperous, safe and loving New Year. Gong Hay Fat Choy!

Mary Sia  説不出的苦痛 (Unspeakable Pain)

Mary Sia is a Chinese singer who sings in Mandarin and lives in Malaysia. She has had a passion for performing at charity shows since 2000. Sia’s family also share her principles and values of supporting our fellow persons who are less fortunate. She is an avid participant in charitable causes to support global hunger.

Gong Gong Gong Ride Your Horse

Gong Gong Gong is a blend of circular power guitar blues incorporated with Cantonese and Mandarin singing courtesy of Tom Ng. The duo, Tom Ng (guitar) and Joshua Frank (bass), started playing together in Beijing in 2015. Fans of Western Saharan guitarists and Bo Diddley may especially appreciate the full spectrum of guitar and bass that transpires musical borders and expands the diversity of blues type music to support rhythmic and hard tonal transnationalism.

Judy Teng / 邓雪华 – 愛的尋覓 (Deng Xuehua-Finding Love)

Judy Teng was a famous Singaporean singer in the 1970’s and 1980’s. She also had a sister who shared her vocal talent, Maggie Teng. Both artists recorded on the White Cloud label based out of Singapore. 

Kim Wan Sun / 김완선 – 그 사람 미워요 (I Hate Him)

Kim Wan Sun is a South Korean singer who was 17 years old when she released her first album. She was known as the “Korean Madonna” and was taught in her art of performing by her aunt who also managed successful musicians and singers. Sun’s Asian zodiac sign is an earth rooster. 

Frankie Kao (Kao Ling-Feng) Blue Monday cover

Frankie Kao was a Taiwanese singer, television host and actor who was half Chinese and half Vietnamese. His zodiac sign was a metal tiger. Kao especially prospered in the 1970’s and 1980’s for his dance hits and enigmatic stage performances. He also covered popular Western songs such as “China Girl” and “Let’s Dance” by David Bowie, and “Call Me” by Blondie, to name a few. Kao passed away at the age of 63 from leukemia and continued to perform until his demise. He credited performing for giving him the yang he needed to cope with the pain from cancer.

Written by Karen Lee (Weekend Family Music Hour)

Weekend Family Music Hour has been with Freeform Portland since the station was established. As a family we have grown with the station & feel so privileged to have an affordable family activity that brings us together with your family’s lives, letting us share our musical household tastes. We love reciting Chinese horoscope predictions for Asian Lunar New Year, playing our Moog on Halloween, selecting songs based on politics or societal challenges and holidays! Check out our seasonal shows! Mostly ethnic; folk, rock, synth, disco, soul, hip hop, experimental and jazz/tongue jazz.

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