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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Lauren James

Lauren James

Lauren James joined SCMP as part of the Young Post team in 2015, before moving to the Culture desk in 2017. Originally from the UK, she enjoys writing about arts and entertainment, environmental issues, health and fitness, technology and food. She is an avid gig-goer and passionate about Hong Kong's music scene.

Jarrod Watt

Jarrod Watt

Jarrod Watt joined the Post in 2015 after more than a decade working as a multi-platform reporter and editor with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, creating video, radio and text stories. He currently produces podcasts and video, as well as developing new digital storytelling methods, including augmented reality and 360 interactive photography.