Concert of Stars Caring About Terence Choi

Mon-Tues, 7.30pm, Cultural Centre

Terence Choi Kwok-kuen lifted the spirits of many Hongkongers with songs celebrating bravery in the face of adversity. Still recovering from injuries sustained in a car accident in 2002, he has proved to be a man who practices what he preaches.

Medical costs and loss of work have taken their toll. Which is why friends are staging two concerts next week to help one of the city's most creative artists of the 1980s.

Choi still needs help to stand and walk, speaks in a hoarse voice, and suffers from shortness of breath. But he's sticking to his often painful treatment - and he hasn't given up on his music.

Choi had just finished a new album and was planning a concert in March 2003 when the car accident in Dongguan, Guangdong province, turned his life upside down.

About 30 artists are already on the bill for next week's concerts, including a number of singers from the 80s such as Cheung Wai-man, Maria Cordeiro and Albert Au Shui-keung, and artists from Universal Music, Choi's former record company.

Choi wrote songs for the likes of Paula Tsui Tsui Siu-fung, Alan Tam Wing-lun, Kenny Bee and Jacky Cheung Hok-yau, who may perform next week, although it hasn't been confirmed.

Choi made his name with Childhood, written by the late James Wong. His most popular songs include Time and Tide sung by Tsui, and Grass in the Wind, which he co-performed with Tam. Both songs focus on the importance of staying strong in adverse situations.

10 Salisbury Rd, TST, both concerts sold out