Faye Wong (王菲) and Cass Phang (彭羚) singing “Olive Tree” (橄欖樹) in a 1994 TVB special. This is a rare and remarkable video not only because I’ve never seen it before but because it demonstrates so dramatically the radical departure that Faye represents in the Chinese music scene. No one, neither female nor male, comes even close to Faye in terms of style, talent, personality, longevity, and success. She is so different and unique that it’s nearly impossible to place her in the pantheon of Chinese singers. And in the three years that she’s been away from the action, no one has been able to fill the void that she’s left. This is probably why her fans in China and the rest of the world are anxious to have her return to her career.
(From a video added to YouTube by Muzikube on 13 Nov 2008)