Aarif Rahman

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Aarif Rahman
Chinese name 李治廷
Pinyin Lǐ Zhìtíng (Mandarin)
Jyutping Lei5 Zi6-ting4 (Cantonese)
Born (1987-02-26) 26 February 1987 (age 28)
Hong Kong
Other name(s) Aarif Lee
Occupation Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Producer, Model
Genre(s) Cantopop
Instrument(s) vocals, guitar, bass guitar, drums, piano
Label(s) Amusic
Years active 2009–present

Aarif Rahman (born 26 February 1987), also known as Aarif Lee, is an actor and Cantopop singer from Hong Kong. After singing "普通朋友" (lit. "Only Friends") at a gathering, he was signed by Alvin Wang and Leon Lai of East Asia Record Production and became one of the new artists in 2009 after he graduated from Imperial College London. Rahman also won "Best New Performer" and "Best Original Song" at the 29th Hong Kong Film Awards in 2010, for his performance in Echoes of the Rainbow.

Biography[edit]

Rahman was born in Hong Kong, the youngest of three siblings. Rahman's father is from Malaysia of Malay, Arab and Chinese ancestry, while his mother is Hong Kong Chinese.[1] His father owns a cleaning company, and they reside in Sai Kung. He grew up in Hong Kong and attended King George V School, of which he was the Head Boy from 2004-2005. He was also the classmate of Leslie Tam (譚焌釗) from Asian Millionstar 3. After graduating from KGV, he attended Imperial College London to study Physics. Before entering university, he had already signed a contract with Amusic; however, he completed his education before returning to Hong Kong to pursue his career in the entertainment industry.

He first gained the interest of the Hong Kong music scene when he was exposed as the writer who penned all the lyrics in Janice Vidal's 2009 English album "Morning". Later that year, Rahman made his film debut in movie Echoes of the Rainbow that aired in 2010, and gained himself several awards including Hong Kong Film Award for Best New Performer,Hong Kong Film Award for Best Original Song,Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild for Best New Actor of the Year – Silver Award.

The following year, he released his debut album 《今天開始》("Starting from Today") of which he solely composed, arranged, and produced eight of the ten songs, as well as writing the lyrics to two of the English songs on the album. During that year, he starred in two movies "Frozen" and "Bruce Lee, My Brother" as the leading characters Cheung Wai-kit and Bruce Lee respectively.

In 2012, Rahman cooperated with Chinese superstar Fan Bingbing in a romance comedy One Night Surprise which aired on 9 August 2013 the China Valentine's Day and has been a commercial success.

In addition to his progress in music and movie fatories, Rahman also made a name for himself on TV dramas. He reunited with Fan Bingbing as Li Zhi from teen age to his 50s in their latest TV series The Empress of China which has been broadcasting in Hunan Satellite TV from December 21, 2014 and sparked a heated discussion.

Discography[edit]

今天開始 v1[edit]

Released Date Album Title Music Label Album Information
27 November 2009 Starting from Today Amusic
  1. 今天開始
  2. 獨行俠
  3. Fly Away
  4. 想我吧
  5. Best I'll Ever Be
  6. 不堪設想
  7. 光速
  8. Another Day
  9. 歲月輕狂
  10. Echoes of the Rainbow
5 February 2010 Starting from Today 2nd Version Amusic
  1. 今天開始
  2. 獨行俠
  3. Fly Away
  4. 想我吧
  5. Best I'll Ever Be (英)
  6. 不堪設想
  7. 光速
  8. Another Day
  9. 歲月輕狂 (國)
  10. Echoes of the Rainbow (英)
  11. Way back into love(feat.Janice Vidal)(Bonus track)

Everything[edit]

Released Date Album Title Music Label Album Information
16 August 2011 Everything Amusic
  1. 尼古拉
  2. You Are My Everything
  3. 鵝毛
  4. 誰能代替 (國)
  5. 奇蹟等不到
  6. 一片痴

A adaption of Leslie Cheung's Craziness(1983)
One of the theme songs of "Frozen"

  1. 速度對比
  2. Still (英)
  3. Just the Way You Are (英)
  4. 不是不愛才分開 (國)

治爱[edit]

Released Date Album Title Music Label Album Information
14 March 2014 Aarif's love Amusic Aarif's first Mandarin EP
  1. 不可思议
  2. 一夜惊喜 (feat. Fan Bingbing)

Same title theme song of "One Night Surprise"

  1. 以苦为乐
  2. 睡蔷薇
  3. Porcelain Princess’ Palace- (陶瓷公主的宝殿)

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2010 Echoes of the Rainbow Desmond Law Hong Kong Film Award for Best New Performer
Hong Kong Film Award for Best Original Song
Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild for Best New Actor of the Year – Silver Award
2010 Frozen Cheung Wai-kit
2010 Bruce Lee, My Brother Bruce Lee
2011 I Love Hong Kong Ng Ming
2011 The Allure of Tears You Le
2011 Dear Enemy Henry Ma
2012 Cold War Billy K.B. Cheung
2013 One Night Surprise Tony 1st China International Film Festival London for Best New Actor
1st China International Film Festival London for Best Original Song "One Night Surprise"
The 14th Chinese Film Media Awards for Outstanding Performance
2014 South of the Clouds Li Ming
2014 The Empress of China Li Zhi TV drama
2015 Tales of Mystery

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Music pop chart[edit]

Year Album Song 903 TVB 997 RTHK
2009 今天開始 Fly Away 2 - - 14
今天開始 5 3 4 3
獨行俠 2 1 2 3
2010 想我吧 17 - 2 13
歲月輕狂 5 - 2 1

Awards[edit]

  • 2009

新城劲爆颁奖礼 - 新人王男歌手奖
叱咤乐坛流行榜 - 叱咤乐坛生力军男歌手金奖
SINA MUSIC AWARD - "My Favorite Male New Comer" GOLD AWARD
IFPI Hong Kong Top Sales Music Awards 2009 -Best Selling Male New Comer
10th Chinese Music Media Award - Best Cantonese New Comer (Male)

  • 2010

Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild - Annual New Actor Silver Award (Echoes of the Rainbow)
Hong Kong Film Award for Best New Performer (Echoes of the Rainbow)
Hong Kong Film Award for Best Original Song (Echoes of the Rainbow)
第七届劲歌王金曲金榜 - 影视金曲奖《岁月轻狂》(Echoes of the Rainbow)

  • 2011

第八届劲歌王金曲金榜

  • 2013

第九届劲歌王金曲金榜 - 劲歌唱作人
第九届劲歌王金曲金榜 - 劲歌王全能艺人
1st China Film International Festival London - Best New Actor (One Night Surprise)
1st China Film International Festival London - Best Original Song "One Night Surprise" (One Night Surprise)

  • 2014

The 14th Chinese Film Media Awards for Outstanding Performance (One Night Surprise)

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