In the summer, when rapper Vinida made her debut on Sing! China, a popular variety show aired by Zhejiang Satellite TV, the 22-year-old became a star among the country’s emerging singers.
Vinida, whose real name is Weng Ying, is a rare sight on China’s music scene mainly because she is a female rapper.
Based in Fuzhou, East China’s Fujian province, she has adapted songs such as Taiwan pop icon Jay Chou’s Cowboy On the Run and Give Me a Kiss, a song from 1940s Shanghai.
She has 350,000 followers on Sina Weibo, and was recently noticed by Shen Lihui, CEO of Modernsky, one of the largest indie record labels on the Chinese mainland.
On Dec 9, Modernsky released Vinida’s debut single, Dirty Mind, for which she wrote some smart and edgy lyrics.
Early next year, she will release her first full album, which will include 10 original tracks written by her.
“When I saw her performing on TV, I was impressed by how she presented her music. Many hip-hop musicians are emerging from the underground and she came right on time,” says Shen, a former rock singer who founded Modernsky in 1997 to promote indie rock in China.
“My aunt has a computer and I went to her house after school to download music daily,” recalls Vinida.
“I listened to pop, rock but was most attracted to hip-hop.
“One of my favorite Western singers is Beyonce. I love her onstage energy.”
Before she became a professional rapper, Vinida joined small hip-hop labels while studying at Chongqing Normal University.
Along with other hip-hop musicians, she performed at live-music venues, where she met 3S, her boyfriend who produces music and goes by that name. He is assisting her with her debut album.
She graduated from university last year and she was prepared to get a regular job and use her salary to pursue her dreams in case she failed as a singer.
Like many others from their generation, Vinida’s parents were against their daughter’s decision to become a rapper because some still associate rap and hip-hop with unhealthy lifestyles.
“With my performances on TV and the recognition I have received, they are now supportive. I can make a living from music,” Vinida says.
Vinida hopes more Chinese will make it big in hip-hop.
BEIJING: China’s top regulators defended their market-roiling crackdown on various industries in a meeting with Wall Street executives, while reassuring them the stricter rules aren’t aimed at stifling technology companies or the private sector.
China Securities Regulatory Commission Vice Chairman Fang Xinghai said recent actions were to strengthen regulations for companies with consumer-facing platforms, and improve data privacy and national security, according to a person familiar with the talks, who asked to not be identified because the meeting was private. Fang defended the moves such as those aimed at the education and gaming industries as meant to reduce social anxiety.
Global investors have been unnerved by the regulatory onslaught from Beijing
BEIJING: Six executives of China's heavily indebted Evergrande had redeemed some of the company's investment products in advance earlier this year, the property group said on Saturday.
Between May 1 and Sept. 7, the six executives made early redemptions of 12 investment products, Evergrande said in a statement on its website, without identifying the executives or giving details on the nature of the products.
"Regarding the early redemption of Evergrande wealth investment products by some managers, the group company views the matter seriously," the company said.
Evergrande said it had requested that all the funds redeemed by the six managers in advance be returned within a certain time frame.