Rock in China: Black Panther

Black Panther today, with Zhang Qi in middle
Black Panther today, with Zhang Qi in middle. Guess who’s the youngest?

On July 17, veteran Chinese rockers Black Panther released their 6th album 《我们是谁》 Who We Are – a comeback 9 years in the waiting.

Into their 26th year as a band, Black Panther are regarded as one of the pioneers of rock, alongside Tang Dynasty. Despite the legendary success of their eponymous debut album back in 1991, the band has consistently been plagued by member changes and lacklustre subsequent albums.

This time round, they are joined by a new vocalist 张淇 Zhang Qi, a member of the post-80s generation. The band hope the younger blood will infuse them with much needed energy, and ideally, a brand new start to many more years in the music business. Zhang is multi-talented, not only is he lauded to resemble Japan superstar Kimura Takuya, he also handles the bass guitar with swag, and writes songs for the band.


‘The Father of Chinese Rock’ blasts HK and Taiwan pop

Cui Jian, or ‘Old Cui’ one of the first people to write rock songs in China and still one of the most revered people in the Chinese Rock scene (yeah, it’s actually getting pretty big if not already) recently blasted Chinese pop. Maybe he saw the rise of boybands in China and was afraid.


In China, there’s not a lack of good artists, nor a lack of good songs. What it lacks is a talented manufacturing company. In Hong Kong and Taiwan, there is collective deception. What is well-known is the “Cow Dung into Gold” business way. As long as you look good, even if you can’t do anything, I can still make you popular. That is their culture.