Spotify fo’ Cantonese

If you live in the UK or certain parts of Europe you can sign up to Spotify, a legal music streaming service.  The main focus is English and European music, but it’s particularly exciting because there’s also quite a large collection of Cantonese (and Mandarin) music on there.

There are several albums by Soler, Beyond and Eason Chan on there amongst most of the other well-known artists.  Besides the big-name Cantopoppers on there, there are also several albums by LMF – especially good for learners, since they rap in normal Cantonese.  There’s also a recent addition from MC Jin/Hanjin (買一送一), which I particularly liked.  It’s an acoustic/rap mix that’s half in Cantonese and half Mandarin, although it gets a little samey after a while.

Anyway, check it out (www.spotify.com) – you can listen to 20 hours per month free, so there’s nothing to lose.  You may even be able to access it using a proxy if you’re not in one of the selected regions, although it’s supposed to be launching in America soon.

P.S. Don’t bother if you’re looking for Jpop by the way – there’s basically nothing on there, sadly.

P.P.S. Don’t forget you can also learn songs using Anki if you’re so inclined 🙂

EDIT: I also just discovered there are a load of Jan Lamb albums on there as well for more colloquial Cantonese music.  You might also like to check out Rubberband who I think are pretty good Canto musicians 🙂

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3 thoughts on “Spotify fo’ Cantonese

  1. Yeah! Rubberband is great!
    You should check out their MVs as well, quite special.
    Another rockband that I’d recommend is Mr. (mister) and the Malaysian Hip-hop group Manhand

    • Mr. I love, actually learnt to sing 尋找一千遍 quite recently. Hadn’t come across Manhand before – thank you so much! Just heard 慢游世界, it’s great! There really isn’t enough Cantohop out there… (see what I did there? :P)

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