It has been just over a month since the earthquake hit Sichuan, and while much of the media coverage has moved on to other disasters, we can still catch musical tributes while waiting for the subway. From the very beginning, we were impressed by how quickly state-owned media mobilized to air reel after reel of footage to inspire citizens across China to action and in many cases rally hope. Popular musicians all over Asia have banded together to sing for the all those who have been effected by the event, and faithful Chinese web users have uploaded countless such MVs to video sharing networks like Youtube and Tudou. Here is a sampling of what we have found.
The Promise, sung by dozens of artists including Andy Lau, Jacky Cheung, Jacky Chan and Aaron Kwok. The original music is from one of Beyond’s songs, 海阔天空 (hai kuo tian kong), with new lyrics written by Andy Lau. (For faster loading outside of China, this video can also be watched at the ChinaOnTV music channel)
众志成城 “Unity is strength” by Yuan Wei Band. The title of the song is a chengyu that has become a sort of slogan for Chinese to rally behind during the rescue and relief efforts.
手牵手 Hand in Hand, sung by various artists
Original music and lyrics by Lin Di of Cold Fairyland with scenes from the candlelit vigil held for the earthquake victims in Shanghai.