Hao Ge

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This article is about the singer. For the Qing Dynasty prince, see Hooge (prince).
Hao Ge
Birth name Uwechue Emmanuel
Born 1981 (age 32–33)
Lagos, Nigeria
Origin Nigerian
Genres Mandopop
Country
Occupation(s) singer
Instruments vocals
Years active 2006–present

Hao Ge (Chinese: 郝歌; pinyin: Hǎo Gē) is the Chinese stage name of Nigerian-born singer Uwechue Emmanuel. He rose to fame through a performance with Han Hong on the CCTV New Year's Gala and has emerged as one of the most notable foreign singers in China.[1]

He began his singing career in the choir at Lagos' House on the Rock Pentecostal church in Nigeria.[1] He received a degree in engineering, and began to pursue a singing career, which led his father to disown him. Before getting his career off the ground in China, he was a country music singer and astrophysicist by profession.[1] He has a graduate degree in Mathematics from the University of Monrovia.[citation needed] In 2001, A friend of his, Li Yayu, started his singing career in China by inviting him to perform in hotels and bars throughout Henan and Hubei.[1] At the Big Easy Bar in Beijing, Hao Ge was discovered by Liu Huan, a well-known music producer.[1]

He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese (Hao Ge said that he uses Pinyin to learn Mandarin) and is applying for Chinese citizenship. He was asked to sing in the Beijing Olympics, Summer 2008. Hao Ge also travels all over China to perform and do television shows. He can be seen on CCTV-9.

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  1. ^ a b c d e Wang, Jimmy (15 March 2011). "Nigerian Finds Pop Stardom in Beijing". New York Times. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 

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