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Born in Hawaii and eventually basing himself in Hong Kong, Khalil Fong's music tastes and output reflect a similar wide-ranging breadth as his transcontinental journey. We get the award-winning multilingual R&B and soul singer-songwriter to strum up some choice music picks.
Khalil Fong: La Bamba by the late Ritchie Valens.
The biographical movie of the same name was a big influence on me as a child, and I got into a lot of ’50s rock and roll between the ages of five and eight.
I am mostly influenced by Western music. After moving to Shanghai, I had a small selection of Chinese music that I listened to which included artists such as Zheng Zhihua (郑智化) and Cui Jian (崔健).
As for Cantonese music, I sometimes listened to songs by Paula Tsui (徐小凤) and Danny Chan (陈百强)—mainly music that my Granny listened to.
There were two—Billie Jean by Michael Jackson and Superstition by Stevie Wonder. I think these are the songs that had a heavy influence on many artists of this generation.
That’s hard because I don’t have favourites. I guess I would instead say that I Want You Back by The Jackson 5 is one of the most uplifting songs I’ve heard. It’s got a great vibe that never gets old.
《倒带人生》 by Eason Chan. It was originally an English demo (Orange Moon) of mine that is influenced by Nick Drake. It was a hidden track on my album also titled Orange Moon.
I don’t have a favourite but I guess I’d have to go for Flavor, which is a song featuring special guests Zion.T and Crush who are two amazing artists and songwriters.
I’m currently working on book four and five. I hope we can publish them in the first quarter of 2019.
I would suggest the song The Tree of Life as being one of the more unique tracks within the Emi story tie-in songs.
Khalil Fong performed at Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts on 16 Feb 2019 as part of his TIO Concert Tour.