Roman Tam was the "Godfather of Canto-pop". Photo: Ricky Wong

Behind the story: Roman Tam – singer of Hong Kong anthems and godfather of Canto-pop

  • His songs helped define the Hong Kong identity and provided the anthems for its development, from Below the Lion Rock to In the Lasers
  • How Hong Kong’s protest movement continues to invoke the music of a man whose flamboyant performance style transcended ideas of masculinity
Topic |   K-pop, Mandopop and other Asian pop

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Roman Tam was the "Godfather of Canto-pop". Photo: Ricky Wong
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Hong Kong Canto-pop legend Roman Tam, left, pictured here with Canto-pop king Leon Lai Ming, reached the hearts of millions of fans in Hong Kong and around the world and is even inspiring people during the recent pro-democracy protest movement. Photo: Handout

How ‘Godfather of Canto-pop’ Roman Tam lives on in Hong Kong hearts and inspires today’s protesters

  • Tam, who died 17 years ago on Friday aged 57, made Canto-pop unabashedly Hong Kong’s with his extravagant stage shows, costumes and dancing
  • Today his songs of unity – particularly Below the Lion Rock – have found a place among Hong Kong’s protest movement
Topic |   Music

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Hong Kong Canto-pop legend Roman Tam, left, pictured here with Canto-pop king Leon Lai Ming, reached the hearts of millions of fans in Hong Kong and around the world and is even inspiring people during the recent pro-democracy protest movement. Photo: Handout
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