Taiwan singer Leehom Wong will issue his second album in the Chinked-Out genre, Unparalleled Hero, on December 30th.
Chinked-Out is a new musical style created by Wong, which blends Chinese traditional music with western Hip-hop rhythms. It was featured on Wong's first Chinked-Out album, Shangri-La.
Wong continues to incorporate the Chinked-Out style in the second album. He blends in the musical elements of Peking Opera and Kun Opera, to bring the musical elements onto the international stage.
Wong was caught up in the charm of Peking Opera in the film, Farewell My Concubine, at the age of 16. And his father then deepened influence of it on him by showing him the video of the opera.
His success in combining the music elements of Chinese and Western cultures raises the music to a whole new level.
Wong also adds eastern elements to the cover of the album which is based on Hip-hop imagery. The new look helps him to express the concept of his music.
(CRI December 9, 2005)