Compiled by FATIMAH ZAINAL and TAN SIN CHOW
THE multilingual Lunar New Year song by Malaysian singer Shila Amzah and Hong Kong artiste Nancy Sit Ka-yan has been well received by the public, reported China Press.
In less than a month, online clicks of The Year of the Yo have exceeded 1.2 million.
Even Sit’s two-and-a-half-year-old grandson Julian dances along upon listening to the music, she said.
The song’s lyrics are in English, Malay and Chinese – including parts in Cantonese and Hokkien.
It showcases the cultural diversity of Malaysia, with Sit and Shila interpreting the lou sang (yee sang tossing) culture in a unique singing style.
Lou sang is a Malaysian Chinese New Year dish that symbolises prosperity and good fortune.
Sit is also performing at the Dragon Year Concert 2024 at The Londoner Arena in Macau on Feb 17.
She said that she has been working hard to get in shape.
In addition to not eating festive snacks, she has also stopped eating rice.
“I’ll definitely lose weight. It’ll be a pretty Ka-yan when you all see me then.”
The concert will also feature other Hong Kong superstars like Jordan Chan, Charmaine She, Pakho Chau and Priscilla Chan.
> Singer and actress Joyce Cheng was spotted paying homage to her late mother Lydia Shum at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Burnaby at the outskirts of Vancouver, Canada, Sin Chew Daily reported.
Shum, a Hong Kong comedic icon affectionately known as “Fei Fei” (Fatty), passed away in 2008.
Since her solo concert at the Hong Kong Coliseum in March last year, Cheng disappeared from public radar due to a recurrence of depression.
She even halted updates on her social media platforms. At that time, Cheng’s manager confirmed her illness and ongoing recovery.
On Dec 25 last year, Cheng uploaded a photo with Shum, captioned: “Christmas is a holiday spent with your family and the people you love. Maybe because of this, I dream about you every day.”
She went on to say: “We must cherish every opportunity we spend with our loved ones. Wishing you all a very happy Christmas.”
The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a, it denotes a separate news item.