Wong Chi Chung, a veteran radio DJ and head of general education at the University of Hong Kong, agreed.
“Cantonese has nine sounds (or tones), which makes it difficult to even pronounce, not to mention sing,” said Wong, who wrote a doctoral thesis on Cantopop.
But he said he still thinks the song could find success in English-speaking communities, and it is an ideal time for Mirror to expand its fanbase now that Hong Kong is finally emerging from three years of pandemic isolation.
Wong argues that music such as Mirror should really be called “Hong Kong pop”.
“In terms of language, Hong Kong has always been a hybrid city,” he said.
He said, “If you look back to the 60s, Hong Kong pop music mainly consisted of English songs.” “It wasn’t until the 70s that Cantonese songs came into vogue.”
Even as they juggle between projects in music, film and television, the members of Mirror say they still haven’t completely moved on from the accident at a concert last July. in which a large video screen crashed onto the stage and injured two dancers, one seriously. ,
In January, police charged three employees of the concert’s main contractor with conspiracy to commit fraud, accusing them of underestimating the weight of the video screens. More seriously injured dancer Mo Lee took his first steps in February with the help of an exoskeleton, according to a Facebook post by his father. The 28-year-old, who has been hospitalized for most of the past eight months, still requires hours of daily treatment.
The band – whose other members included Frankie Chan, Elton Wong, Lokman Yeung, Anson Kong, Jer Lau, Jeremy Lee, Keung To, Tiger Yau and Ian Chan – did not appear in public until two months after the accident.
“We still think about it all the time. But I think it’s very important for us to be back,” said Lo, who was on stage at the time.
Louis, who was also performing during the accident, said that the band “really tried their best to digest it.”
“We hope we can overcome this and bring more positive energy back to the public,” he said.