Nanyin (Cantonese naamyam) is a form of Cantonese narrative singing that gained popularity in the early 20th century in Hong Kong and is traditionally accompanied by instruments such as the guzheng (or zheng, a type of Chinese zither), paiban (wooden clappers), and yehu (a two-stringed instrument played with a bow). Nanyin was inscribed on the UNESCO “Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Hong Kong” in 2017.

In this talk, members of the arts group The Gong Strikes One explore the nanyin work of contemporary local artists, including the blind artist Dou Wun, and provide an in-depth look at Dou Wun’s significant six-hour autobiographical work “Blind Dou Wun Remembers His Past”*, recorded in 1975/76 at the request of scholar Bell Yung. The session also includes live demonstrations of the art form and an introduction to key musical terms, offering an holistic understanding of the lyrics and music of this traditional art form.

*Dou, Wun, Bell Yung, and Sonia Ng. Blind Dou Wun Remembers His Past: 50 Years of Singing Naamyam in Hong Kong. Chinese Opera Information Centre, Department of Music, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2008, CD.

9 June 2018 (Saturday)

2:30pm – 4:00pm

Campfire - Kennedy Town (4/F, Cheung Hing Industrial Building, 12P Smithfield Road, Sai Wan, Hong Kong – Exit A, Kennedy Town MTR Station)

Lee King Chi
Chan Chi Kong


Free admission. Limited capacity on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register online in advance. Light refreshments will be served.


Ms Leung (852) 2200 0872,

Accessibility Services:
Cantonese audio description and Hong Kong Sign Language interpretation are available upon request with at least 14 days’ advance notice.

Adverse Weather Arrangements:
The talk will be cancelled if a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force at 11am and onwards.

About Speakers:

Lee King Chi 

Lee King Chi
Lee King-chi earned a bachelor’s degree in music (major in the zheng) at HKAPA. In 2015, she completed an M Phil degree in the Music Department of CUHK. Her research interests include early Cantonese music and music publishing. From 2014–2017, she co-organised a lecture-concert series on early Cantonese music with the Chinese Opera Information Centre, CUHK. She is a founding member of the group The Gong Strikes One.

Chan Chi Kong

Chan Chi-kong learnt Cantonese opera accompaniment at a young age, by following his father, an ensemble leader, to various performances. He also studied the Chinese flute and strings with renowned musicians. In 2010, he graduated from the HKAPA where he majored in Cantonese operatic music accompaniment. From 2014–2017, he participated in a lecture-concert series on early Cantonese music presented by the Chinese Opera Information Centre, CUHK. In this series, he worked on reconstructing early pieces as the ensemble leader. In 2012, he founded the group The Gong Strikes One to explore the world of xiqu. He has recently started to compose and perform his own nanyin pieces.

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