Chang Kiha

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Chang Kiha
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Chang Kiha in 2016.
Background information
Born (1982-02-20) February 20, 1982 (age 37)
Seoul, South Korea
GenresIndie rock, folk rock
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, actor, radio host
InstrumentsVocals, drum
Years active2002 (2002)–present
Associated actsKiha & The Faces
Chang Kiha
Revised RomanizationJang Giha
McCune–ReischauerChang Kiha

Chang Kiha (Korean장기하; born February 20, 1982) is a South Korean singer-songwriter, actor and radio host. He is best known as the lead singer of the indie rock band Kiha & The Faces.[1]

Early life[edit]

Chang was born in Seoul on February 20, 1982.[2] His father ran a manufacturing company, and Chang later said he did not experience any financial hardships growing up.[3] Chang graduated from the prestigious Seoul National University.[4] While in college, he played drums for the rock group Nunco Band.[5]



Chang debuted with his indie rock band Kiha & The Faces in 2008. The band's first single, "Cheap Coffee," was a hit, and the band has since became one of South Korea's most popular indie rock groups.[1]


In 2013, Chang made his acting debut playing supporting role on the daily sitcom Potato Star 2013QR3. He received positive reviews from the public for his portrayal of guitarist Jang Yul.[6]


Chang hosted the radio show Chang Kiha's Great Radio on SBS Power FM from 2012 to 2015. He left the show in order to focus on his music career.[7][8]

Music Style[edit]

Kiha is known for his specific style of music, where he “talks like he sings, sings like he talks.”

Kiha does his own thing. Dramabeans have once reviewed him as "the guy who's so unconcerned with being cool that he IS cool. By ignoring trends, he thereby sets his own."


Kiha & The Faces[edit]


Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Network Note
2013 Infinite Challenge MBC Episodes 346, 349, 351-354
2013 Running Man SBS Episode 176
2014 Radio Star MBC
2014 Non-Summit JTBC Episode 16
2016 My Little Television MBC Episode 61-62
2017 Night Goblin JTBC Episode 21
2018 Night Goblin JTBC Episode 22
2018 It's Dangerous Beyond the Blankets MBC Cast Member
2018 Radio Star MBC Episode 594 (Guest)

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2013 Potato Star 2013QR3 Jang Yul tvN


  1. ^ a b Russell, Mark (2011-10-20). "Korea Rediscovers Its Rock 'N' Roll Soul". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  2. ^ Jin, Ju-hui (2015-02-20). "2월 20일 생일 스타 장기하" [February 20 birthday star Chang Kiha]. Sports Today (in Korean). Asia Economy Today. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  3. ^ Song, Su-bin (2014-11-20). "'라디오스타' 장기하 '아버지 중소기업 운영…물려받을 생각 없다'". Ten Asia (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  4. ^ Ahn, Jin-hong (2008-12-11). "서울대 출신 인디밴드 리더 장기하". Donga Ilbo (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  5. ^ Hwang, Ji-yeong (2017-06-15). "'엘리트 인디보컬' 눈뜨고 코베인 깜악귀, 7월 결혼". JTBC News (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  6. ^ Jeon, Ah-ram (2014-05-14). "장기하 "첫연기 '감자별' 호평? 사람은 기대치 낮아야". Newsen (in Korean). Retrieved 2014-07-08.
  7. ^ Jin, Bora (2012-04-24). "장기하, '프로그램 이름 '대단한라디오', 내가 만들어". New Daily (in Korean). Retrieved 2014-07-08.
  8. ^ Yu, Ji-yun (2014-12-22). "장기하, SBS 파워FM '장기하의 대단한 라디오' DJ 하차". The Herald Business Weekly. The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2018-02-27.

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