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David Huang Makes Rare Shanghai Appearance

VETERAN Hong Kong songwriter, producer and singer David Huang will play live at the Taiwanese jazz bar/restaurant Brown Sugar at Xintiandi on Thursday.

The 45-year-old has written songs and produced albums for many Chinese singers, including megastar Andy Lau.

As a singer, Huang performs regularly in Taiwan and has released eight albums in 21 years, the last in 2007.

Huang has not met with much success as a performer but many of his songs have been widely remixed or performed by famous singers.

Two of his early songs are still among the most sung list in KTVs.

Huang, who grew up in Hawaii, added R&B elements in his early albums long before the hot names like Jay Chou, David Tao or Wang Lee-Hom entered the business. He has also played with rock bands and written songs for other Chinese rock singers.

Huang's name doesn't appear in the media very often, possibly because he usually only performs when he releases new works.

Huang's second last album, "Time" (2003), was praised by critics but as usual did not have much commercial success.

Huang spent three years producing the album, which included a three-chapter musical of atmospheric melodies and grand arrangements called "Trilogy of The First Sino-Japanese War."

Huang's grandfather, "Young Marshal" Zhang Xueliang, was the person who imprisoned Chiang Kai-shek until he agreed to form a united front with the Communists to fight the Japanese in December 1936.


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