Honoured to Announce Top 10 “Taiwanese Folk Songs”
Shi Xiaorong, a representative of Taiwanese Folk Music, made a special appearance yesterday (13 September) on 96.3 Hao FM to co-host and announce the Good Chart’s results with DJ Anna. This week’s theme is “Taiwanese Folk Songs” and garnered higher engagement from listeners amongst the eight chart themes. Taiwanese folk music is generally less heard on air after the 90s, but 96.3 Hao FM aims to bridge that gap and has been featuring these forgotten tunes.
Shi is both passionate about and moved by Taiwanese Folk music, with his forty years of experience, and he readily accepted 96.3 Hao FM’s request for him to co-host the chart results show.
40 Years of Taiwanese Folk Music
Shi Xiaorong: I’m not alone!
Shi said: “I was excited and touched at the same time when I found out that the Singaporean listeners enjoy the music that I’ve been persisting in. I hope that Taiwanese folk music will keep going, and I’m glad I’m not alone in this journey, and that 96.3 Hao FM and I share the same hopes and aspirations.”
In first and second place this week are Liu Wen-cheng’s songs Tong Nian (童年) and Xiang Jian De Xiao Lu (乡间的小路). These two songs took the lead ever since the nomination stage, and saw a high of more than 10,000 votes each.
Does Tong Nian 童年 Fall Under the “Taiwanese Folk Songs” Category?
Shi Xiaorong: “It’s hard to demarcate, just enjoy the music!”
96.3 Hao FM Senior Program Director Carine Ang said: “This time the song Tong Nian (童年) was introduced into the charts, and we found that it fell under both the “Hot 80s” and “Taiwanese Folk Songs” themes. We were puzzled as to how to categorise the song, and Mr Shi told us that it won’t be surprising if this instance is disputed in Taiwan as well. ”
Shi said: “Thank you for loving Taiwanese folk music, but at many times, to determine the category of songs, we need to check the year, the genre and music arrangement.” Maybe some wouldn’t think of Tong Nian as a Taiwanese folk song, but I don’t think only Taiwanese folk singers’ or composers’ works qualify to be classified under the theme. This is after all a chart show which primary purpose is to let listeners enjoy good music. I think the song does encompass the spirit and characteristic of Taiwanese folk music, so there’s no need to debate about this.”
Although Liu is not a Taiwanese folk music singer, Tong Nian (童年) follows its style and 96.3 Hao FM’s programming team found that Liu’s Taiwanese folk song themed album has this song, and decided to include it in the Top 30 for voting.
Shi Thanks Singapore’s 96.3 Hao FM Listeners
Taiwanese Folk Songs are of huge significance to Shi, and he has been promoting the genre through big scale concerts in Taiwan and other parts of the globe. He made the songs Gui Ren Sha Cheng (归人沙城) and Bai Fang Chun Tian (拜访春天) famous and representative of its time. Shi added: “My sincere wish is for everyone to work hard together and inspire the next generation to continue this legacy to create music that we can call our own, and be proud of!”
“My Songs 7” Concert – Singing The Best Hits in Singapore!
Shi will perform at the My Songs 7 concert with his best hits including Gui Ren Sha Cheng (归人沙城). Other acts include Tseng Shu-chin who will sing Lu Bing Hua (鲁冰花), Nan Fang Er Chong Chang that will present Meng Tian (梦田) and Lan Hua Cao (兰花草), Wang Mon Ling who will sing A Mei! Ah Mei! (阿美！阿美！) and Johnny Yin who will perform Shou Zhe Yang Guang Shou Zhe Ni (守着阳光守着你) and other Taiwanese Folk hits. Those who enjoy such songs, don’t miss this fantastic performance! Call 63485555 to order the tickets.
Next week’s Good Chart theme is “Local Hits”, and we have guest host Lee Wei Song to announce the Top 10 alongside DJ Guo Xian. 96.3 Hao FM Good Chart’s results show airs every Friday at 6pm, and the replay takes place on Sundays at 12 noon.
For more information on 96.3 Hao FM Good Chart, please visit https://www.963haofm.sg/good-chart.
（1）童年 / 刘文正