Song Zuying

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Song Zuying
Song Zuying East Meets West.jpg
Song Zuying singing Dragon Boat Melody (《龙船调》) in Miao costume at the East Meets West concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London in June 2012.
Native name 宋祖英
Born (1966-08-13) August 13, 1966 (age 47)
Guzhang County, Hunan
Nationality Chinese
Ethnicity Miao
Citizenship China
Occupation Singer
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Song.

Song Zuying (Chinese: 宋祖英; pinyin: Sòng Zǔyīng; born August 13, 1966) is a prominent Chinese singer and member of the Communist Party of China.

Biography[edit]

Song was born in Guzhang County, part of Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Hunan. She is of Miao ethnicity. She studied at the department of music and dancing in the Central Institute for Nationalities in Beijing, after which she studied at the China Music College. Her father died when she was 12, and she is the oldest daughter. In 1991, she joined the Chinese People's Liberation Army Naval Song and Dance Troupe as a national first-class singer. As of 2009, she is a non-combatant Rear Admiral in the Chinese Navy.

Political activities[edit]

Having joined the Chinese Communist Party in 1999,[1] she rose quickly to become a representative at the 9th National People's Congress and a member of the 10th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. She is a standing member of the Communist Youth League of China, an executive member of All-China Women's Federation, a the member of China Federation of Literary and Art Circles and the agent of China Musician Association.[2]

Alleged affair with Jiang Zemin[edit]

It has long been rumoured in China that Song was romantically involved with Jiang Zemin, former General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, 40 years her senior, and owed much of her career to support from him.[3][4][5][6] Song and Jiang were married to other people at the time of the alleged affair. Song later divorced her husband.[7] Song and Jiang were introduced to each other by Vice-Admiral Wang Shouye, who is currently serving a life-sentence for corruption.[8]

In 2004, a Beijing scholar was arrested for making allegations about an affair.[7] Searches for "Song Zuying" were also temporarily blocked amid rumours of Jiang Zemin's death in 2011.[9] "Song Zuying" is also a blocked term on some instant messaging software commonly used in China due to the alleged affair.[10]

Awards[edit]

In the recent years, she has been received the following awards:

  • 1st Place Award of China Vocal Contest of Minority Nationality
  • Golden Award of MTV Contest of CCTV
  • Golden Award of the Nationality Group of “Most favorite singer” of CPB of China
  • 1st Award of “Starlight Award” of China National Broadcasting and Television Department
  • The Award of Golden Disc of China
  • Award of Outstanding Contribution of Chinese National Vocality of CCTV
  • Award of Club for the opera of China
  • Artist of Moral and Ability, by China Ministry of Personnel and China Literature Association.
  • Award of Charity in China by China Department of People’s Affairs

Discography and international activities[edit]

Song Zuying has published many personal albums and videos, and she has published Happy Life – Photo Album of Song Zuying, Real Passion in the Music World – Selection of Songs by Song Zuying and Voices of a Hundred Years – The Classics of the Songs in the Chinese Films over a Century.

In recent years, Song Zuying has visited Europe, Australia, the U.S., Canada and Southeastern Asia for the art interaction with China Art Delegation. In the World Cup held in Korea in 2002, Song was invited to sing representing the Chinese in the large scale vocal concert. In December 2002, as the culture ambassador for the 30th anniversary for the establishment of the diplomatic relations between China and Australia, she held the vocal concert “Prosperity” in Sydney successfully. In November 2003, she held the personal vocal concert in the Golden Hall in Vienna successfully.

She has held solo concert performances at international venues such as Sydney Opera House in 2002, Vienna Golden Hall in 2004, and John F. Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts in 2008 were held for the political elites in those respective countries for diplomatic purposes.[11]

In 2006, her CD "The Diva Goes to the Movies: A Centennial Celebration of Chinese Film Song" was nominated for the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in the category of Best Classical Crossover Album.

Song Zuying performed a duet with tenor Plácido Domingo at the 2008 Summer Olympics closing ceremony in Beijing. She also performs regularly on the Chinese Spring Festival Gala; in 2009, in addition to her own song, she sang a duet with Jay Chou.

Jay Chou, Plácido Domingo, and Lang Lang and Cut Time Crew an American band called Dirty Bath Water in the United States were guests in her 2009 summer concert at the Bird's Nest in Beijing.

On May 1, 2010, the day following the opening ceremony of the Expo 2010, in Shanghai,[12][13] Zuying joined tenor Andrea Bocelli, singer Jay Chou, and concert pianist Lang Lang in a concert titled Charming China at Shanghai Stadium, in front of an audience of 80,000 people. The China Philharmonic Orchestra accompanied them under the direction of its artistic director Yu Long.[14][15]

Song Zuying, Andrea Bocelli and Lang Lang (at the piano) performing Time to Say Goodbye at the East Meets West concert.

On June 5, 2012, Song once again performed with Bocelli, Yu Long and Lang Lang in the East Meets West concert at London's Royal Albert Hall.

On February 9, 2013, Chinese New Year's Eve, Song Zuying sang the traditional Chinese song Jasmine Flower (《茉莉花》) as a duet with Canadian pop star Celine Dion at the CCTV New Year's Gala.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Xinhua. "[娱乐]宋祖英范冰冰孙俪董洁 揭秘娱乐圈九大美女入党时间(组图)". Hubei TV. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  2. ^ aboutchina.info
  3. ^ Asia Sentinel
  4. ^ Miller, Daniel. "Big nuzzle in little China: Kung-fu playboy Jackie Chan in bizarre cheek rub with Chinese singer alleged to have had affair with former communist party leader". The Daily Mail. Mailonline. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  5. ^ Parry, Simon. "Sleeping with the enemy". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  6. ^ Fan, Jiayang. "SINGING FOR CHINA: SONG ZUYING IN NEW YORK". The New Yorker. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  7. ^ a b asianresearch.org
  8. ^ "A Corruption Trail Leads to Jiang Zemin". Asia Sentinel. Retrieved 2012-05-27. 
  9. ^ Pierson, David. "China says rumors of former President Jiang Zemin's death are false". LA Times. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  10. ^ Brady, Anne-Marie (2008). Marketing Dictatorship: Propaganda and Thought Work in Contemporary China. Roman & Littlefield Publishers. p. 136. ISBN 978-0-7425-4057-6. 
  11. ^ english@peopledaily.com.cn. "People's Daily Online - Song Zuying". English.peopledaily.com.cn. Retrieved 2012-05-27. 
  12. ^ Andrea Bocelli on stage with Chinese girl for Shanghai Expo, People's Daily Online, April 30, 2010 article.
  13. ^ Size matters at Shanghai Expo 2010, The Times, April 30, 2010 article.
  14. ^ Glamour of China, City Weekend.
  15. ^ Expo showcases music, art and culture, People's Daily, April 30, 2010 article.

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