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Singer hits right notes in award poll

Argentinian singer and long-time Shanghai resident Daniela Bessia was among the winners of the second annual Shanghai International Excellence Awards thanks to her contributions to the local culture scene.

Born in a musical family, Bessia has a natural passion for music. In 2008, she was invited to China to take part in a language competition known as Chinese Bridge. This trip was the Buenos Aires native’s first trip abroad. Soon after returning home, she earned a full scholarship to study at East China Normal University in Shanghai.

It was also during this time that Bessia started getting attention from event promoters and TV producers interested in her musical talents. Thanks to these opportunities, the young lady decided to settle down in Shanghai.

Along with countless event appearances, Bessia has performed numerous times on local television programs. She’s also appeared on national broadcaster CCTV.

“There were many nice cooperations. Although some of them made me feel somewhat stressed, I learned a lot. There were many changes after I played on TV.

“I used to work more for events. There are many foreign performers at events in Shanghai. But now I’m usually called to join events with famous Chinese stars. These events are more well-prepared — like last week I performed at an event for Forbes Magazine. I have to choose from several invitations now,” she said.

As her fame grows, Bessia still cherishes every chance she has to appear on stage and is grateful to have found an audience in China.

“One day before a show, the producer came to me and said it was going to be watched by millions. At that time I felt I was in heaven. For every musician it is valuable to share our own sounds with people,” she explained.

Coming from the other side of the world, Bessia arrived in a city vastly different from her home in Argentina. Since then, she has adapted to local life and now regularly sings in Chinese.

“After I came here, I learned many new things. I am learning every day.”

Bessia sees Shanghai as a place full of opportunities. Although she misses her family and friends in Buenos Aires, she also considers the city her second home.

“People here are always nice to me and my experience here has been good. I am hoping that Shanghai wants me to stay a little bit more,” she said with grin.

The songstress was overjoyed to have so many people vote for her in the recent online Excellence Awards poll. “It feels awesome! It makes me feel that I want to be better and better,” she proclaimed. In her eyes, foreigners who can set a good example with their kindness and understanding deserve the prize. “Being that kind of person is my goal.”

Looking ahead, Bessia’s schedule for 2016 includes two television programs. One is a tourism program produced in the collaboration with a local TV station. In this show, she’ll take her audience on a tour through Argentina, from Salta to Ushuaia.

She will also release her new album of electronic dance/pop music this year. The album will include songs in English, Chinese and Spanish. Right now, she is busy rehearsing for future TV performances.


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