Xinyao extravaganza

There has been a resurgence of interest in the home-grown music movement that is xinyao with the recent release of the film, That Girl In Pinafore.

And on Saturday night, a full-house crowd of 5,000 fans settled in for a 41/2-hour Xinyao Reunion Concert at The Star Theatre.

More than 20 acts took to the stage, from well- known names such as Mavis Hee and Roy Loi to long-defunct groups such as Control Tower.

Taiwanese singer Chyi Yu was a special guest and the commanding singer delivered evergreens including Olive Tree and the English track, Whoever Finds This, I Love You.

Xinyao's leading light Liang Wern Fook was the final act. He gave a winning update of Too Much, Too Much, with lyrics reflecting current concerns over issues such as overcrowding and the haze.

And there was also a poignant reunion with the other two original singers, Liu Ruizheng and Wang Bangji, for the classic track Friendship Forever.

The concert ended past midnight as all the performers came on stage for We Are The Best Friends and Under Starry Skies.

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