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給自己的派對

香港的主流音樂,往往離不開淒美的慢板情歌,又或是節奏沉穩的勵志歌曲,而在歐美和韓國大行其道的跳唱風格,彷彿與廣東歌扯不上半點關係。可是,廣東歌的可塑性又豈止於此?鍾舒漫(Sherman)近年以全新的姿態躋身跳唱歌手的行列,試圖為樂壇帶來一抹新鮮感。今年12月18日,Sherman將於麥花臣場館舉行《鍾舒漫 R u Sher?演唱會》,用音樂和舞蹈營造派對氣氛,讓大家暫時拋開繁瑣,盡情釋放負能量。

每每提及Sherman,相信其代表作《給自己的信》的歌詞和旋律都會在大家腦海裏迴盪。這首歌更令她紅極一時,摘下不少歌手夢寐以求的歌曲獎項。但你我皆知,在香港這片土地,歌手的命途總不會一帆風順。Sherman曾走過低谷的歲月,為趕上潮流而穿上文青服裝、為迎合港人口味而專注唱慢歌,放棄做自己喜歡的音樂。經歷種種磨練過後,她以出道十年為轉捩點,推出一系列跳舞音樂。除了歌曲風格的轉變外,她亦打破過去的形象枷鎖,以中性味道的造型亮相。黝黑的皮膚,配搭型格的上衣、寬鬆的牛仔褲,綁起率性的辮子頭,令她看起來就像一位黑人女子。縱使知道跳舞音樂不會成為樂壇的主流,她依然樂在其中。她不想於漫長的音樂路上漂泊無定,因此開始朝着目標進發,忠於自己。而這次演唱會正是最好的舞台,讓她展現嶄新的自己。

這次演唱會以「派對」為主題,故海報中的Sherman擺出招呼別人過來的手勢,無疑是要邀請大家參加她的派對。當晚演唱的歌曲均注入了八、九十年代的音樂元素,如Funky、R&B等,希望帶領觀眾感受音樂的韻律,一起揮灑汗水。她將會演繹一連串新歌,包括《小碎步》、《Be Water My Friend》、《開心節》,以及演唱會的主題曲《R U Naughty?》等。這些新歌都圍繞「真我」的主題,如《小碎步》提醒我們要跟隨自己的步伐;引用李小龍金句的《Be Water My Friend》帶出做人要像水一樣靈活而變通,保持個人特質;《開心節》講述每天都應該是喜慶的日子;《R U Naughty?》則如歌名般,喚醒大家潛在的反叛基因。此外,演唱會更可能有純舞蹈表演的部分,讓人體會舞蹈的震撼力。她透露已請了摯友王君馨、衛蘭及衛詩作為嘉賓,準備給觀眾一個前所未有的驚喜表演。

長年以來,人人都說香港樂壇一直在萎縮,因為歌曲的旋律和風格千篇一律,沒有甚麼作品能突圍而出。既然如此,我們為何要故步自封,放棄開拓新的領域呢?Sherman面對各種聲音,仍決定征服她的音樂夢,將舞蹈和音樂融為一體,發揮她骨子裏的調皮本性。在我看來,她是一朵絕處逢生的花,在石牆的裂縫內茁莊成長。願她能「闖出新世界,交出真個性」,繼續勇敢當個少數派,令香港樂壇百花齊放。
 
撰文:王以珞

美術:王曉澄

When it comes to Hong Kong music, it is always about the love songs in slow tempo, or the inspirational songs with a steady, consistent rhythm. The invigorating dance music style, which is very popular in places like Europe, the US and Korea, seldom appears in Cantonese songs. But the possibility of Cantonese songs is not limited to this. In recent years, Sherman has changed her style and become a dance singer, so as to bring a touch of freshness to the music industry. Her first concert, named “Sherman Chung R u Sher? Concert”, will be held on 18th December in the Macpherson Stadium, with a view to allowing the audiences to set their bad emotions aside while feeling the groove of the music and enjoying the dance performances.

Speaking of Sherman, the lyric and the melody of her representative song “A Letter to Myself” would probably ring in your ears. This song had gone viral in previous years, leading her to get nominated for a number of awards. However, we all know it is not easy to be a singer in Hong Kong. In the past, Sherman focused more on singing slow tempo love songs, and she even dressed up in hipster style before, just to cater to the taste of Hong Kong people. After going through the ups and downs, she is now at a turning point—ten years after her debut. She does not only change the style of the songs, but also the dressing style as well. The street dance outfits match perfectly with her naturally tanned skin, and the box braids and ponytails make her even more like a black woman. Though Sherman knows dance music will hardly enter the mainstream, she still enjoy doing this kind of music. Instead of getting lost in the mainstream, she decided to strive towards her goal as a dance singer and stay true to herself. This concert is the best opportunity to show the true side of her.

Since “party” is the main theme of the concert, Sherman uses a “come-here” hand gesture in the poster to invite people to join her party. She would instill the 90s music elements, including funky and R&B, in her songs to allow the audiences to indulge in the music. She will be performing a series of new songs, such as “Split Steps”, “Be Water My Friend”, “Happy Festival” and the theme song of the concert of “R U Naughty?” All these songs revolve around the topic of “true self”. “Split steps” reminds us to follow our own steps, while “Be Water My Friend” implies that we have to be as flexible as water and know the strength of our personal attributes. The song “Happy Festival” teaches us to celebrate every day, and meanwhile, “R U Naughty?” wants to awaken our intrinsic rebelliousness. Besides, there will be a pure dance performance in the concert. Sherman revealed that she had invited Grace Wong, Jill Vidal and Janice Vidal as the guests, all together they will give the audiences a performance filled with surprises.

Over the years, there has been a lot of debates regarding the shrink of Hong Kong’s music industry. People think the melodies and styles of the songs lack diversity, and therefore not many Cantonese songs stand out from the crowd. Under this circumstance, Sherman is still very determined in chasing her music dream and be a dance singer. In my opinion, she is a flower that grows in the crack in the wall. Hope she can continue to “rush out into a new world, give out her real personality”, and dare to be a minority to flourish the music industry in Hong Kong.

Text: Elok Wong
Art: Agnes Wong

ISSUE #221

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