If you like Chinese or Taiwanese traditional music, then you must not miss Jade Bells and Bamboo Pipes. A favorite of many, this program is listed as one of the top ten shows in 2001, 2005, 2007 and 2009 by Passport to the World Band Radio, a leading shortwave magazine. A vast array of instruments are featured and it is a show that will satisfy your hunger for exotic music.
Taiwan has many ethnic groups and the Hakka people, according to the 2016 population census, make up of 19% the entire 2.3 million people, totaling around 4.5 million people. Hakka mountain songs also display the free spirit of the Hakka people who used to live in the mountainous areas in the pre-industrial agricultural society. This week’s program features contemporary and modern Hakka songs.
The voice of the Hakka people has taken different forms throughout different ages. It has been expressed at times through singing, performing, folk songs to convey joyous praise and indignant protest. Over a period of more than 1,700 years, the Hakka people have gone through five migrations and historical records show that two Hakka people sought to establish a branch of a temple in Taiwan in 1586 in Lukang, Taiwan. Lukang was known as the economic and transport hub of central Taiwan in earlier times.
Choo Boon-chong was born in Singapore and he joined the Singapore Youth Chinese Orchestra in 1969. Choo joind the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra and travelled with the Orchestra to perform in Japan, Australia, China, Singapore, South Korea, Canada and Taiwan.
Taipei Cheng Hsing Zheng Music Orchestra was founded by Prof.Wei Te-dong and his students in 1977. The aim of the Orchestra is to promote zheng music and ancient zheng is a traditional instrument with a more than 2500-year history. It is also known as the Chinese zither.