Fama hip to the main attraction

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 17 March, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 17 March, 2007, 12:00am

Former hip hop group LMF did it, and now Fama are following their example of taking their music into the mainstream.

Rappers SixWing (Luk Wing-kun) and C-Kwan (Cheng Sze-kwan) of Fama are set to make their debut before a wider audience at two concerts tomorrow. The duo described the gigs at the Hong Kong Arts Centre as a summation of their music from the past three records, including their new album M.U.S.I.C. (Money U Spend I Collect), which has sold more than 5,000 copies.

'We used to play music just to please ourselves,' said Luk (above right, with Cheng). 'Now we consider the audience, too. We're more mature. We can execute what we want to do now. We have better control of the end product. In the past, when we had an idea about how to do a song, our skills weren't good enough to execute the idea, so the results were usually totally different from what we imagined.'

456Wing, on their latest album, which tells the story of Luk's struggles to make music since forming Fama in 2001, got high airplay on local radio stations and won the duo more attention from local fans. A couple of songs featuring local pop singer Edison Chen Koon-hei and singer-songwriter Chet Lam Yat-fung on the album further established their name in the mainstream music scene.

In tomorrow's shows, the duo will be supported by up-and-coming singer-songwriter Kahlil Fong and Singaporean musician Hanjin Tan. They also revealed that they'll perform a new song about fung shui, featuring a secret guest from the fung shui field. 'She's very famous,' said Cheng. 'It will be a big surprise.'

Fama released their debut album, Poem O'da Moon, in 2002, under an indie label, then signed to local turntablist DJ Tommy's Color Music Entertainment and released EP Cheng Wing-chi in 2005, with former members, vocalist Gigi Lip Pik-chi and local DMC DJ competition champion DJ Galaxy (Cheng Chi-wah).

Fama, known for their interactive stage performance and humorous lyrics, will release a mix-tape of old numbers, remixed by DJ Galaxy, and a preview of a new song.

Fama Live, tomorrow, 3.30pm, 8.15pm, Shouson Theatre, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Wan Chai, HK$180, HK$250