3rd “Voice of Cameroon” Singing Contest of Chinese Songs Finals Winner announced

[Source]    chn-africa.com [Time]    2016-04-14 16:39:10 
 


3rd “Voice of Cameroon” Singing Contest of Chinese Songs Finals Winner Da Cheng (first right) performing

The SANO Cup’s 3rd “Voice of Cameroon” Singing Contest of Chinese Songs was held at the Confucius Institute at the University of Yaounde II on the afternoon of April 8. From 8 campuses across the capital Yaoundé, Douala and Maroua, 13 entrants (teams) who survived preliminaries and semifinals came to fight for the “Voice of Cameroon” title. In the end, Da Cheng, a student of the hosting Confucius Institute, walked away the champion.


Chinese Embassy in Cameroon Political Counselor Sun Wei presenting the grand prize

Over the nearly 2 hours of the event, competition among the 13 contestants was intense, with songs presented in many different styles including classic this like “The Most Romantic Thing”, “Hug Me Brother” and "Heavenly Road", as well as grand ballads like “The Fluttering Red Flag” and “Beijing Beijing”, and also hit songs like “Where Did All the Time Go?”, “What’s So Special About Love?” and “Our Love”. They came prepared, and their singing and showmanship made it hard to choose a winner. Through their songs they expressed intimacy, love, friendship and positivity and kept the mood in the room high, giving the audience quite a concert.


Audience cheering for contestants

Da Cheng, a student of the hosting Confucius Institute, stole the show with a performance of "Dear Little Child" he sang, played and presented with a live performance of the song’s story, earning the highest ratings at the show and making him the winner of the 3rd “Voice of Cameroon” Singing Contest of Chinese Songs Finals. Da Cheng is a fourth-year student at the Confucius Institute, but he’s also a singer with a small amount of fame in Cameroon. Recently he also composed and recorded a trilingual Chinese-French-English song called “Let’s Learn Chinese”. During an intermission in the main event he also performed this song, after which Yu Guoyang, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Yaounde II, announced that “Let’s Learn Chinese” had been named the Institute’s official song, and Sun Wei, political counselor for the Chinese Embassy in Cameroon, unveiled the plaque commemorating the Institute’s selection of an official song.


Sun Wei and Institute’s Chinese Director Yu Guoyang unveiling plaque commemorating Institute’s selection of an official song

The panel of judges included members like Mrs. Li Qiuhong, wife to the Chinese Ambassador to Cameroon, Chinese business executives, and Cameroonian Chinese teachers.

In an interview after the competition, Institute Chinese Director Yu Guoyang told us that the “Voice of Cameroon” Singing Contest of Chinese Songs is one of the signature events of the Confucius Institute at the University of Yaounde II. The Contest is a platform to communicate with local Chinese-language students, which uses music and songs to promote teaching and study, and allows the Institute’s students to improve their Chinese and come to better understand and love Chinese culture through singing.

Images/Text: Reporter Shen Suchao (Confucius Institute at the University of Yaounde II)