Archive for the ‘Hong Kng’ Category

By Hans Ebert What has happened to Hong Kong, arguably the greatest city on the planet? – SCMP   Oh no, the city’s overnight do-gooders are suddenly everywhere and, as usual, in a hurry with vacuous ideas on how to to bring the Feel Good factor back to Hong Kong. But wait: It sure looks [...]

By Hans Ebert FOR STARTERS Before one moves forward, there’s a need to revisit the past. It humbles you. Speaking recently with well-known Hong Kong-born media personality Michael Chugani about what’s really going on in this city these days, and the reason for what appears to be an overflow of anger, his reply- and it [...]

By Hans Ebert Okay, let’s all stop the Princeathon as we have reached Information Overload about the Purple One. Yes, Prince was a genius. He was an incredibly prolific recording artist who breathed, ate and inhaled music 24/7, and was, in these books, the best guitarist in the world capable of channeling Nile Rogers, Hendrix [...]

By Hans Ebert In the Rant section of the SCMP’s Sunday Magazine, the writer mentioned being hit in the face last Friday and thrown out of a club by one of those Hong Kong princelings with the powerful big daddy’s surname and money behind them and who are always seen scouring the local club life [...]

By Hans Ebert For musicians in places like Australia, Canada, the UK, Scandinavia, and the States- especially singer-musicians- still looking for gigs in all the wrong places, and wanting some financially viable place to lay th​eir​ hats down along with their guitars or keyboards, now more than ever, is the time to think about heading [...]

By Hans Ebert I was half-watching a repeat of the television series “Life On Mars” the other night and on came “Reflections Of My Life” by Marmalade. I can’t remember if I ever saw the band perform ‘live’, but this track was hugely popular in Hong Kong when some of us were in our first [...]

By Hans Ebert We’ll keep banging the drum loudly about what passes off as the Hong Kong “music scene”, because it desperately needs a new international lifeline, it needs new and young talent- local and from overseas- and it needs to stop being a dumping ground for mediocrity- largely, ageing middle of the road warblers [...]

By Hans Ebert Horse racing and the world of music might have made strange bedfellows back in the day when the twain could never meet, but, not these days, where we’re seeing once insular industries with those running them having equally insular thinking waking up to the fact that for businesses to grow, it’s all [...]

They might think they’re playing “jazz” when in actuality, they’re simply retreading well-known standards, yet, for reasons unknown to me, there is this overriding need to be seen as being “jazz cats”, the same old group of usual suspects in Hong Kong who move in herds and “blow” at the usual places- Backstage, Peel Fresco [...]

Someone new to Hong Kong was asking if there were any local artists like Sia, Pink, Janelle Monae, or Jhene Aiko- pop artists but with that creative quirkiness that gives them an edge. We were having dinner, the video for “Pressure” was being shown on one of the music channels, and she wanted to go [...]