The LaoWai songWritten 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”.