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Iong Wan Lam - Growth with singing

2009-12-13 13:03 BJT

Special Report: Macao 10 Years On |


A cute eight-year-old created a sensation ten years ago when she sang Qizizhige, a song about Macao, at the Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral.

And now that little girl is a college student. With the tenth anniversary of the SAR coming up, Iong Wan Lam is very busy with performances around the city.

"Do you know that Macao is not my true name? What a long time since I was separated from my mother."

Ten years ago, Iong Wan Lam's rendition of Qizizhige was so popular that almost everyone could hum it. But Iong told us she wasn't chosen for her singing technique, but rather, her Macao accent.

Iong Wan Lam, Student of Macao Polytechnic Institute, said, "I had never been trained to sing, and wasn't even able to speak standard Chinese. But those who sang much better than I did were all rejected. The directors of the Gala were so sure that this was the real Macao flavor and people would like it."

Ten years ago, Iong's voice was tender and innocent. But she wasn't really singing alone. She had a powerful back up, which became a support for all of Macao.

Ten years ago, Iong Wan Lam's rendition of Qizizhige was so popular that almost everyone could hum it.
Ten years ago, Iong Wan Lam's rendition of Qizizhige was so popular 
that almost everyone could hum it.(

Ten years ago, Iong Wan Lam's rendition of Qizizhige was so popular that almost everyone could hum it. But Iong told us she wasn't chosen for her singing technique, but rather, her Macao accent.(
Over the past decade, Macao and its people have achieved significant