Yu Haoming recently released a single with one Cantonese song. I wavered on whether or not to post this; the song was pretty, but average. However I really liked the fact that he sang in Cantonese because he’s from Guangdong (Canton) province. While I get headaches when I know homogeneity would be the quickest route to accomplishing anything, I know also at the same time how the diversity in China is such a unique and beautiful thing, and I hope that all singers could be able to sing in their dialect/regional language at least partially on any albums they produce.
Yu Haoming – Hug (Cantonese version)
Perhaps not full albums, because the music industry right now is hard enough to make money in and the biggest possible market is the best way to induce a variety of new talent to arise, as well as quality in music. But it’d be nice like this to have one or two or maybe even half of the songs represent their own daily speech. And frankly since Guangdong province would rank 12th in population, if compared to the other countries of the world, it’s not like they can’t afford to cater to a bit. I would also love to hear any one of the many, talented, Sichuan singers sing in lovely Sichuanese as well since that province would rank as 14th most populated country in the world, were it a country (80 million – for reference, that’s about twice the population of South Korea). And neither of those provinces are poor. So hoping that this becomes something of a trend, although it may simply be wishful thinking.