Chang Kiha

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Chang Kiha
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Kiha in 2016
Background information
Born (1982-02-20) February 20, 1982 (age 35)
Seoul, South Korea
Genres Indie rock, folk rock
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, actor, radio host
Instruments Vocals, drum
Years active 2002 (2002)–present
Associated acts Kiha & The Faces
Chang Kiha
Hangul 장기하
Hanja 張基河
Revised Romanization Jang Gi(-)ha
McCune–Reischauer Chang Ki(-)ha

Chang Kiha (Hangul장기하; born February 20, 1982) is a South Korean singer, songwriter, actor and radio host. He is a member of the indie rock band Kiha & The Faces. He made his acting debut in the 2013 Korean television drama Potato Star 2013QR3.[1] He is radio show host of the Kiha Chang's Great Radio broadcast by SBS Power FM since 2012.[2]


Kiha graduated with a bachelor's degree in sociology at the prestigious Seoul National University. He then got his start in his music career as the drummer of the modern-rock group Nunco Band (눈뜨고 코베인), which formed in 2002.

He later formed the band, Kiha & The Faces. The name of the band comes from the nickname Kiha picked up as the “best-looking of the indie scene” — hence the “faces.” Kiha sings lead vocals, plays guitar and percussion, and writes the songs. “The Faces,” who all sing in the chorus, include bassist Jung Joong-yub, guitarist Lee Min-ki, drummer Kim Hyun-ho, and backup dancers Mimi Sisters.

Kiha’s popularity exploded after he put out his self-produced debut in the latter half of 2008, a single album called Cheap Coffee (싸구려 커피), which met with incredible fan response. In particular, the song The Moon is Waxing, Let’s Go (달이 차오른다, 가자).

Following that wild success, he released his official first album under the group name Kiha & the Faces. The CD came out in late February and is titled 별일 없이 산다 (“living plainly” or “living without incident”), and likewise did very well — after selling out in preorders numbering 8,000, a further 10,000 albums were pressed to meet demand.

He proceeded to win a 2009 Korean Music Awards for Netizens’ Male Artist of the Year — beating Big Bang’s Taeyang — and also walked away with Song of the Year and Best Rock Song for “Cheap Coffee.”

Not only that, but concert sales were opened at around the same time of the album’s release, and sold out in 45 minutes. The concert was attended by the likes of rock musician Lee Juck, comedian (and actress-singer) Kim Mi-ryeo, and the CEO of Sidus FNH, Cha Seung-jae.

He would go on to release multiple hit albums with Kiha & The Faces, winning awards from the 2010 Cyworld Digital Music Awards and 2012 Korean Music Awards.

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

Television series[edit]

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


  1. ^ Jeon, Ah-ram (14 May 2014). "장기하 "첫연기 ‘감자별’ 호평? 사람은 기대치 낮아야.."(인터뷰)". Newsen. Retrieved 2014-07-08. 
  2. ^ Jin, Bora (24 April 2012). "장기하, "프로그램 이름 '대단한라디오', 내가 만들어"". New Daily. Retrieved 2014-07-08. 

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