Faye Wong Will Perform Tonight (May 18)!

According to Jinghua.cn (18 May 2008), Faye Wong (王菲) has agreed to perform in tonight’s CCTV earthquake disaster relief program. She’s scheduled to sing “Wishing We Last Forever” (但愿人长久). However — and that’s a BIG “however” — yesterday (the 17th), she did not participate in the rehearsal, although her name and number were at the top of the program list. The report ends with the statement that, barring unforeseen circumstances, she will perform.

I hope she will. I pray she will. But I’m skeptical. We haven’t heard from her manager, Katie Chen (陈家瑛, Chen Jiaying), and until we do, all bets are off. But all the same, I hope I’m wrong.

ADDED: According to Xinhuanet.com (18 May 2008), Faye will be performing the song in a duet. They report that Katie has confirmed the performance but is adamant that this appearance on stage is strictly for the relief effort and doesn’t signify a return to her career. If this report is accurate, then this is a milestone, a breakthrough. I’m almost afraid to think what it might mean. Let’s hope that all these reports are true and that she will perform tonight. Oh, happy day! I can’t wait to see tomorrow’s news.

ADDED: According to Sina.com (18 May 2008), Katie confirmed the story via a phone call. They quote her: “Yes, Faye will participate in the CCTV disaster relief activities. It’s a natural disaster, and she wants to help, but I hope that the media doesn’t use the word ‘comeback.'”

ADDED: According to Chinanews.com (18 May 2008), Faye’s duet will be with Eason Chan ((陈奕迅, Chen Yi Xun). The program will be televised from sites on the mainland, Hong Kong, and Macao [Taiwan, too]. Ma Jia (马葭) has also confirmed the news, but cautions that Faye “will not accept media interviews” since the purpose is to focus on the earthquake victims.

ADDED: According to News365.com.cn (18 May 2008), Faye will be part of the chorus in Eason’s rendition of “Wishing We Last Forever” (但愿人长久).

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Faye Wong’s Ten Best ‘Minor’ Videos – #2

2. Faye Wong’s (王菲) Good Friends Concert with Na Ying (那英) and Jeff Chang (张信哲, Zhang Xinzhe), with an appearance by Carina Lau (刘嘉玲, Liu Jia Ling), in Hong Kong on 29 Sep 1998 has to be one of the best. The video quality is poor in all four parts and especially poor in the first. Still, it’s an exciting view into why friends and fans love Faye so much. In this video, she’s the most relaxed that I’ve ever seen her in

a stage performance, letting her hair down and just having a great time with good friends. Her dancing is completely natural and exuberant, and captivating. She’s the obvious megastar and major draw, but she’s completely comfortable in sharing the spotlight. This humility in her character is natural, consistent, and ultimately endearing.

Faye, Na Ying, and Jeff singing “One Night in Beijing” (北京一夜)

Faye, Na Ying, Jeff, and Carina performing “爱之初体验” (Experiencing First Love).

See “10 Best Minor Videos” in the right sidebar for links to the other selections. The introduction to this series is in selection #1.

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