The LaoWai song

Written by Julen Madariaga on May 6th, 2009

Last Saturday we went down to Anar to watch the Lions of Puxi. This is a reggae band recently formed in Shanghai, with some familiar faces of the expat music scene, including some of the guys we usually see at JZ. 

I am not much of a music critic, but I can say this band sounds good and it makes you dance. They are all great musicians, with a powerful frontman called Gauthier that rocks the place. We met them outside the bar during the break and they are a friendly bunch. 

We especially enjoyed and sang along the Laowai song, which is in the process of becoming the anthem of an expat generation in Shanghai. Now there is also a videoclip, based on the original Sting. Judge by yourselves. (H/t Xiao Lu for sending me the link.)

In the bar, I found it interesting that most Chinese around me hadn’t heard of Sting, so they enjoyed a pretty good original L. of Puxi tune. Reggae is, I think, one of the big chunks of Western pop that never really made it into China. 

The guys have also a few nice original originals, and they are preparing a CD for September. Check out their next gig for a fun Jamaican night. Tip: if you worry you might be taken for a French citizen we have tweaked the lyrics to sing along, just replace “faguoren” with ”waiguoren in Shanghai”.

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  1. May

    wow, he speaks a pretty good mandarin.

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  2. May
    xiao lu

    They even sing Shanghai dialect in the song. Thumb up! I am looking forward to see them on some local channels.

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