29, Dec 2005 21:43
【BEST CDS OF 2005】
The Hohak Band (好客樂隊)
Hohak Carnival (好客戲)
Formed by ex-members of the award winning contemporary Hakka combo Labor Exchange (交工樂隊), the Hohak Band's (好客樂隊) debut album, Hohak Carnival (好客戲) was an album with a difference.
It blended jazz, rock, folk and even classical Chinese/Hakka sounds to create what was possibly one of the most interesting and certainly one of the most creative albums to come out of TCM's studios in 2005.
Although there was a mild contemporary feel to much of the material, the heart of the album was firmly rooted in the past and the tunes were all based on traditional Hakka folk songs. The trumpet-like suona and duel stringed violin-like erhu played a major role in all the album's numbers.
In addition to the more standard crossover material the Hohak Band also took the time to dabble in rap. Destitute Man (窮苦人) might not have appealed to fans of Jeff and Machi (黃立成 & 麻吉), but the Hohak combo did an excellent job of creating an enjoyable and far from laughable Hakka rap tune.