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Thursday February 14, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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by jeremy tan
Lovely music: Yudi serenading shoppers at Gurney Plaza, Penang
ORIENTAL culture and heritage took centre stage when Gurney Plaza in Penang laid out an old Shanghai-themed treat for shoppers in conjunction with Chinese New Year.
From acrobatic lion dance, mask changing, victory drum and wushu performances to God of Prosperity appearances, the eight-day programme provided much entertainment for those going about their festive shopping.
The highlights were two Nostalgic Shanghai Singing performances by Malaysian songstress Yudi for two days recently, which saw the New Wing Atrium reverberating with old classics.
She serenaded the crowd with jazzy renditions of evergreen melodies like Spring, Kisses of Spring, Mum’s Chinese New Year Wish, Welcoming Spring and Ye Lai Xiang.
Coming down to the floor to interact with the audience, she passed the microphone to some eager singers amongst the sizeable crowd, who then belted out some of the lyrics.
“I’ve enjoyed a great relationship with Penang since the 90s, and have always enjoyed performing here. The intimate venue also contributed to the lively and vibrant atmosphere,” said Yudi, who hails from Kuala Lumpur.
Besides her silky vocals, which won her the Best Voice Award at the Sumitomo One World Pop Festival in Tokyo in 1992, Yudi is also an award-winning songwriter, fine art painter and columnist.
To date, she has released three solo albums - Good Old Tunes, The Iron Lady soundtrack, and Mind Your Heart, Love Your Soul.
In 2012, she landed one of the leading roles in the musical Princess Wen Cheng, which had been staged in Taipei, Beijing, Xian, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, and also performed at the wedding of Malaysian badminton ace Datuk Lee Chong Wei.
The mall’s marketing communications manager Peter Chan paid tribute to the accomplished songstress, saying that she was the perfect complement to their old Shanghai-themed festive celebrations.
“We wanted to introduce her to a broader audience, as she brings something unique to the stage,” Chan added.
In between Yudi’s numbers, the Phor Tay Ex-Pupil Association troupe, clad in colourful costumes, enthralled the crowd with cultural dance routines.
The mall turns its attention to Valentine’s Day with romantic-themed activities in the coming weeks. Shoppers may scribble down their love confessions and hang them on the Love Lock Tree until Feb 28.
There will also be a mallwide Cupids Walkabout and Roses Giveaway today at 2pm and 6pm, as well as a Symphony of Love performance on Saturday from 4pm to 6pm.
On Feb 23 at 3pm, the You’re a JEANius contest will see creative participants transform old denim into fashion accessories with a love theme.
The programme culminates with the Couple in Action 2013 contest at 3pm on Feb 24, where lovebirds will showcase a variety of talents in the hopes of winning the grand prize of a 4D/3N trip for two to Bangkok.
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