A Starry Night Recital
Dubbed “the prince of love ballads”, Malaysian artiste Abin Fang will be performing live in his online recital on 15 February 2022 at 7.30pm, which coincides with Chap Goh Mei, also known as the Chinese Valentine’s Day in Southeast Asia. On this romantic occasion, fans from Malaysia and beyond are welcomed to partake in an evening of auditory pleasure with Abin Fang’s celebrated works.
Born and bred in Penang’s Air Itam, Abin Fang developed his musical career in Taiwan. Over the years, the prolific singer-songwriter has published a large number of Mando-pop hits, cementing his celebrity status among Chinese audiences. His signature song, Huai Ren (Bad Guy), has won numerous accolades and remains hugely popular until today.
Following the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020, Abin returned to Malaysia to unwind, though he keeps himself active by composing and searching for musical inspiration, as observed in his song composed last year, Bing Lang Yu Qing Ge (Penang Island Love Song), which was inspired by the titular landmark itself. He will be performing this song live for the first time during his Chap Goh Mei recital.
The 90-minute-long recital is jointly organised by George Town Festival and Air Itam Assemblyman Service Centre. Interested members of the public may watch the live performance on Facebook via George Town Festival, Air Itam assemblyman YB Joseph Ng Soon Siang, or Abin Fang’s official page.
The physical recital will be held at DeView Hotel Penang’s rooftop atrium in Air Itam, Penang. All proceeds will be donated to the Air Itam’s Digital Food Bank Programme to assist those in need. Those attending the physical event are strictly required to follow COVID-19 SOPs.
About the Artist
Born in Penang on 17 July 1977 as Fong Jhung Bin, A-bin Fang (方烱彬) is a Malaysian singer-songwriter. He is an alumnus of Heng Ee High School and the elder brother of A-jia Fang, another established Mandopop singer and music producer.
During the early stage of his music career, A-bin formed a music duo known as Island (“Nian Shao Zhi Dao”) with singer Qiu Wei Yi, though the latter left the group in 1997 and was subsequently replaced by Wee Kheng Ming. Following the release of several music albums in Malaysia and Taiwan, the duo split, citing reasons such as differences in interests and specialisations.
A-bin launched his first solo album “Good Guy?! A-bin” on 10 November 2008 after fellow Malaysian singer Penny Tai introduced him to Eric Chen, a renowned Taiwanese record producer and founder of record label Enjoy Music. He went on to release his second album “Bad Guy’s Love Songs: Regrets” in October 2009, which is a cover compilation of female Mandopop hits in the 1990s. In 2016, he signed with record label Ocean Butterflies.
This year marks A-bin’s 24th year in show business.