Faye Wong’s rendition of Chinese song criticised by fans

Chinese pop queen Faye Wong’s rendition of the song, Me and my Motherland received diverse reactions among her fans.

Written in 1985, the patriotic song was composed by Chinese songwriters Qin Yongcheng and Zhang Li and has been performed by famous Chinese singers Li Guyi and Han Hong. It has been performed several times in China this year as the country celebrates the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China tomorrow.

Wong’s version of the song was used as the theme song for the movie, My People, My Country. Its music video was released last Tuesday.

The film is one of the three produced by the Chinese movie industry for the milestone anniversary. It comprises seven short stories of seven historic events which have taken place in China in the last 70 years and opens there today.

The film features stars celebrities such as Huang Bo, Wu Jing, Ge You, Turbo Liu and Simon Yam. The other two titles are The Climbers and The Captain.

The music video of the song was shared on China’s Twitter-like Weibo by Chinese celebrities such as Huang, Liu and Yao Chen.

Wong who has not released an album in 16 years received praise by some Chinese netizens for her unique voice and a rendition which evoked a carefree and warm feeling.

However, she also received negative comments from the fans who said that the song was not rousing enough and criticised her unclear articulation of some words.

Some were displeased by the political tone of the song. But there were also some fans who took her side, in her defense, saying there was nothing wrong with a Chinese singer performing a patriotic song.

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