Zen Is Coming To Canada Soon
A lifetime ago (or, rather, in the late 1990s) one Dwayne Carter, both then and today better known as Lil’ Wayne, pronounced on “I Feel”, one of the scorchers on the Hot Boys’ 1999 Long Player Guerilla Warfare, “I feel when 2000 comes it’ll be all about Wayne.”
He was wrong.
Granted, the Carter released an eponymous series of albums that piqued the interest of the international listening community for most of this millennium. However, Chinese folk singer and world music specialist Zen has a string of accomplishments which, perhaps not as well known as his American counterpart, exceed them in quantity, if not in quality.
There are few things that Zen has yet to achieve. He’s written a book. He’s conducted several interviews of national and international scope, both in his native China and overseas in locales such as Canada. He’s been recognized by the Chinese government. He has a lengthy history of altruism that includes recording and releasing songs devoted to a number of causes, particularly those involving healthcare.
And, he’s seemingly just getting started.
Zen will continue his dominance of the present millennium on August 13th when he performs in Vancouver at the Queen Elizabeth Theater as part of his Songs from the Himalayas tour. The tour is named after his 2016 album of the same name. More recently, he released another Long Player, Global Village, in 2018, as well as the single “Alaye” at the end of 2020. When he’s not touring, winning awards, or performing charitable acts, he’s working on new music with producers somewhat similar to Hillary Wang, who’s responsible for “Alaye”.
Some of Zen’s plentiful accolades include recognition in countries such as Qatar, Australia, Canada, and Egypt—as well as the United Kingdom—for things like the American Love and Art Contribution Award, the Performing Artist Award, and the British Charity Artist Award. Causes to which he’s contributed funds and music to include poverty alleviation, stem cell research, earthquake relief, and The International Children’s Fund.
Although the recording artist’s music incorporates contemporary elements such as programmed drums, piano chords, and obvious nods to Electronic Dance Music, it has a firm foundation in traditional Chinese music. This fact is clearly reflected in his style of vocals, in which it’s not unusual for him to sing in his native tongue. Moreover, his cadence, pitch, and delivery certainly hearken back to a simpler time, which is seemingly just right for his message of peace and harmony for which he’s become something akin to a worldwide ambassador.
How did you get started in music?
I grew up living in a musical environment and loved music. When I was in middle school, I won the first prize in the Chance Campus Singer Competition, which made me realize that I had a talent for singing.
What are some of your musical inspirations?
Partly from the natural scenery and humanistic feelings of the highland area; The other part comes from a variety of musical elements learned and absorbed in performances and travels around the world. I’ve been exploring how to blend the Tibetan folk music. I’m very familiar with incorporating world music to create better music. There is less music like this, so I’m pretty confident it will attract more people.
Is “Alaye” your latest release? If not, what is and tell me about it? If it is, why haven’t you released anything since then (2020)?
“Alaye“ is the latest version I released on international platforms; After 2020, I also wrote several new songs, such as “Galsang Flower”, “Fire in the Heart”, “One Day”. “Plateau.Plateau” and so on, are released on major music platforms in China. Because the style of the song is biased towards the Chinese music scene, it has not been released on international platforms at present. In the future, new works will be released on the international platform.
What are your thoughts about your upcoming performance in Canada?
Most of the songs in this concert are my own creations, I will try to prepare, give the audience the best performance, I also hope to hear the feedback from the audience on my songs. Hope you enjoy my music.
How would you describe your style to someone who never heard you?
I would say that my singing voice comes from the Tibetan Plateau, and as long as you hear my singing, you will feel my unique singing voice.