Waa – Global Music Project (Taiwan)

11 06 2009

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On this edition of The Global Music Project we’re going to be taking a look at an acoustic-pop artist from Taipei, Taiwan named Waa Wei. She appears to have released about five albums and is currently on an independent label called AsiaMuse. Waa’s music has an incredibly relaxing coffee house vibe that leans more toward honesty than artsy. She has a breathy, playful, and endearing voice that vaguely reminds me of a mix between Dolores O’Riordan and Beth Orton, with a style that is distinctly all her own.

Her music features tasteful arrangements that utilize a variety of instruments from around the world, contemporary production values, and hints of traditional Eastern melodies. Despite being a self-proclaimed pop artist, the hooks are very subtle and her songs have plenty of space to breathe as a result of sustained chords instead of incessant strumming. I’m not entirely sure, but as far as I can tell all of Waa’s lyrics are sung in some form of Mandarin Chinese.

Here is a video for a performance of her song called “A Corner Of World’s End” which appears to be from an American Idol style show. However, I think the version on her Myspace page captures the vibe of the song infinitely better. She presents herself as a very different artist here which is a little confusing so I would go to her Myspace page before hitting play on the video.

Once again, you can find Waa on Myspace at www.myspace.com/waawei. If you want to find more of her work on YouTube you can try copying and pasting this which I believe to be the characters for her name:  魏如萱. You may need to have Chinese characters enabled on your computer to view the characters.

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12 06 2009
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6 08 2009
Cutter

hi Sir,

nice to read your words about Waa.
I am a fan of Waa in Hong Kong.

“She is really incredible attractive singer!” I told myself after watching her live performance in Taipei months ago.

Yes she sings in Mandarin mostly and in her first solo album (甜蜜生活/la dolce vita), she also had works in Spanish (A todo color)and English (one of them: in the same space that you’re in, written by Maximilian Hecker).
The song in the youtube clips is in this album too.

11 Sept there is her concert in Esplanade, Singapore
If you have seen her live performance, you will totally agree with my words, I promise!!!

7 03 2010
Rina

hi, i just wanted to tell you that the video you have here isn’t of her… it’s of a contestant on a show singing her song. which is why it’s drastically different.

3 05 2010
strugglingmuso

I hadn’t heard of Waa before, but I’m a fan of a lot of Taiwanese indie music like Tizzy Bac -From what I’m hearing I like her songwriting… Thanks for sharing

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