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“Thanks to you, young man, for saying what needed to be said
A bomb, mixed with white rice, wrapping all the feelings in our heads”
Taiwan’s most respected folk singer, with a hugely talented backing band.
Jeans, an old t-shirt and a pair of white sneakers.
A six-string and his unmistakable voice.
That’s all Lin Shengxiang needs to transport his audience to the Hakkanese heartlands, to paeans on the joys and hardships of the Taiwanese working class, particularly farmers and Hakka women.
Over two decades, with his voice, he’s coalesced rural communities to speak out and be heard. The power of his music marking him as not just a musical prodigy, but a passionate activist and organizer.
His songs are powerful vignettes, pastoral paintings that oscillate between the freewheeling and the sardonic. Classic yet contemporary. Timeless and timely.
It’s the countryside that Lin’s music harks to. Let’s see what he does in our concrete jungle.