TALK Music: Karton MA / 談音樂: 馬浩俊專訪

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Apart from the successful stint at the U-basketball team, Karton MA (Alumnus, Alumni Civility Hall) had another gift to offer us all–his voice. From winning the university singing contest, runner-up at the ICMA Intercollegiate SingCon, and the Professor Edmund Ko Cup three times (but who’s counting), Karton moves as a man of few words and a vast repertoire of melodies.

Karton Ma was a 3-time solo champion in the Professor Edmond Ko Cup Inter-hall Singing Contest. / 馬浩俊(馬仔)是高彥鳴教授盃舍際歌唱比賽的個人演唱三連冠。

Having had the privilege to lose to him at the 2015 MUSO SingCon final, I did leave the event having more questions about Karton.  So I grabbed the first opportunity to circle back and catch him at his latest gig as a professional singer in our city. “I am working for my dad’s car business,” he told me modestly, following up with some good news of the label contract he recently signed under JL Music and the new management that works for him. Whilst getting an average of at least two shows or private performances a month, and the time spent at his dad’s auto, we can find him serenading around the week in the streets of HK with his busking crew. A multi-tasker, he for sure is.

His song writing moves along romantic lines and feels, capturing his own emotion struggles and pursuits in rhyme and verse.

“Songs-an escape, lyrics-a voice to the pent-up troubles, melody-the duvet that preserve the warmth from the cold onslaught.” – Unknown

On discussing his interests in music style and genre, Canto-pop does seem to be his choicest forte, but he prefers his songs to transcend genre and language and confide with the emotional quotient in each of us, which seeks companionship with the shared bittersweet sentiment. His tastes likened to contemporary pop tunes. Karton desires to study other genres with the aim to incorporate its nuances of feel into Canto-pop, and the dream to study in Berklee College of Music-Boston in the future.

Performing in public is no challenge to Karton. / 公開演唱?對熱愛音樂的馬仔來說可謂毫無難度。

With an illustrious hall life, he eulogises his years spent in the hall. “I am very grateful for Dr MA Ka Fai’s encouragement,” he says which helped boost his confidence and helping Alumni Civility Hall retain the PEK Singing Contest championship during his reign. Without the good friends he made in the hall, a usually shy and timid person by his own suggestion, would have been troubled to wring those nervous blues–forget getting in front of the mic! Being a non-instrumentalist, he is grateful to the close mates from Alumni Civility who helped and tutored him at the guitar and piano, which he largely uses as his song composition metre. Reminiscing the song he wrote during his recently culminated hall years, Karton beckons to take his life, memories and his pursuit to the top of the billboard charts onto the real stage, and we as the residence family are with him through and through.

Writer:   William, Sumanth LAZARUS (Jockey Club Harmony Hall)
Images:   Karton MA (Alumnus, Alumni Civility Hall)

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校友樂禮堂校友馬浩俊(馬仔)除了曾是籃球校隊的星級球員外,還是舞台上一顆耀眼新星。他在校內外均獲獎無數,贏得三次高彥鳴教授盃舍際歌唱比賽和城大校內歌唱比賽冠軍,並躋身ICMA大專聯校歌唱比賽三甲之列。他平日話不多,但一談到唱歌卻滔滔不絕。

Non-stop applause followed after Karton’s unforgettable performance of Eason Chan’s “Exaggerated” at the PEK Sing Con in 2013. / 2013年在高彥鳴教授盃聯舍歌唱比賽中演唱陳奕迅的高難度名曲《浮誇》,為馬仔帶來觀眾如雷般的熱烈掌聲。

同樣對音樂充滿熱情的我在2015年音樂學會歌唱總決賽中曾不敵馬仔落敗,該天比賽後,我對於這位天才橫溢的得勝者確實留下了一堆問號。借著這次採訪機會,我決定把握良機,一解心中積藏已久的疑團。正在向著專業歌手路前進的他謙稱:「我在幫我爸打理汽車生意。」並透露最近他與新經紀公司JL Music簽約,每月都要出席起碼兩場私人演出,晚上還不時跟其樂隊到街頭獻唱。真是身兼多務,忙裡忙外的。

馬仔的作曲與填詞相配,其旋律隨著押韵的歌詞與知性的情感起伏,描繪出內心的爭扎。

“歌是一種對生活的逃避,詞是一聲對煩惱的抗議,旋律是一張抵抗驟冷的暖被。” – 佚名

雖然廣東話流行曲是他最喜歡的音樂類型,但馬仔務求不分派別語言,讓每一位聽眾都對他的音樂產生共鳴,勾起苦樂交織的共同感觸。他的風格可以比作為當代流行音樂。馬仔希望可以鑽研其他的音樂派別,以創新的形式將不同元素滲入廣東話流行曲,並立志將來入讀美國伯克利音樂學院

Karton looks forward to explore different styles and genres in mixing with Canto-pop. / 馬仔希望吸收更多不同的音樂風格,為廣東歌帶來更多變化和深度。

馬仔的宿舍生活豐富多姿,對於那些年他如是說:「我很感激馬家輝博士鼓勵我。」宿舍的生活令他自信倍增,更多次為校友樂禮堂奪得高彥鳴教授盃歌唱比賽冠軍。若沒有在宿舍認識到這班好朋友,他或許還是個羞羞怯怯的男生,更不用提在台上表演! 幸得校友樂禮堂的密友用心教他這個新手彈吉他和鋼琴,大大幫助他作曲。憶起當年作的曲,馬仔決心投身音樂、進軍樂壇、登上真正的舞台,而我們舍堂的大家庭會一路相伴相隨。

文:   William, Sumanth LAZARUS (賽馬會群萃堂)
圖:   馬浩俊 (校友樂禮堂校友)

Culture ‘Carnival’ / 文化「嘉年華」

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Time and again you hear the terms ‘globalisation’, ‘global village’ to refer to a closely connected world of ours, and nothing epitomised this better than at the Moon Chun Multifunction Hall two weeks ago. The Global Festival Night (GNF) kicked off with much fanfare and frolic, with an ensemble of performances lined up, a plethora of lip-smacking food from different countries all at a totally affordable student budget-all for free! With representation from 20 countries, spanning 4 continents, the party started off with an inauguration which was graced by President Way KUO himself along with other members of the Global Services Office (GSO) and Student Residence Office (SRO) and a representative from each participating booth.

With the conclusion of the opening statements, and perhaps to the sound of very noisy bellies, the gauntlet was submitted and food was ready to be served. I, for instance, was lucky enough this time to be just close to the Canada booth and didn’t waste too much time queuing up for some good old poutine and the deliciously sweet beaver tail, all to the sound of Justin Beiber’s-Baby, the country’s illustrious ambassador.

Conveniently, our good buddies from Pakistan were next door serving the famous Chicken Biriyani–an opportunity I wasn’t going to miss. While sneaking a second serving just before getting the ornate looking sweet-jalebi, I managed to speak to Sagar PINJANI (Residence Tutor of Lee Shau Kee Hall, Year 3, Finance), organiser of the booth, who told me that it took them around 7 hours just to prep for the night’s event. It was an effort that paid off as it won the best food later that night.

Hopping from booth to booth and getting a taste of the various cultures present was both fun and insightful for it helped people exchanging experiences through food. Hong Kong Day, our very own representatives from Hong Kong, enlightened its patrons with the understanding of its ubiquitous game-Mahjong–among other things to get non-local students overcome the much complex nature of it. Apple LEUNG (Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall) an elated representative of the group, felt happy with the participation turnout at the table and the overcoming of schedule conflict of its members during the preparation week.

A good amount of recognition was due for the effort of Abir HUSSAIN (Hall 10, Year 1, Mechatronic Engineering) from the Bangladesh booth.  In order to prepare for this event, he had to convince his professor to reschedule his exam which strongly showed the effort and passion that went into the making of the event. On a side note, the chat puti, pakoda, dhoodhkoli pita and semai were lip-smacking treats to the patron!

Next, with the performances underway, the stage was set on fire with a round of dazzling dances, skits, and band performances. It kicked off with an ensemble of performances from Hong Kong and China, with a creative display of tactful juggling and a steamy K-Pop choreography, warming up the effervescent crowd to the Bollywood performance that followed from the Indian crew which also deservedly won the best performance of the night. Later winning the best booth award, the Taiwanese enthralled the audience with an energetic choreography, peppered with pop-cultural Taiwanese references and a chorus in unison. The Malaysians followed suite with a resplendent performance, echoing a chorus that rang-proud Malaysian heritage!

Before drawing close the curtains, the crowd was treated to a sneak peak of Fame-the Broadway style musical, with an energetic and crowd-thumping dance-skit by the showmen. Denis MOLDOVEAN (Jockey Club Harmony Hall, Year 2, Finance) and dancer/actor of the group, excitedly encouraged “All must come for FAME on 9th and 10th of November! Believe me, it’s a ‘YUUGE’ show, bigly!”, and after the snippet from last night, the guests were definitely left wanting more .

All-in-all, the GFN was a fantastically organised and executed event, with all cheers and praise to the International Society!



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Writer:   William, Sumanth LAZARUS (Jockey Club Harmony Hall)
Photographer:   Unnat CHOUDHURY (Hall 11), William, Sumanth LAZARUS (Jockey Club Harmony Hall)

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你一定經常聽到「全球化」、「地球村」這類詞來描述我們緊密聯繫的世界,不過沒有什麼能比兩個星期前在滿珍綜合禮堂的活動更能體現這一點了。
是的,世界文化夜(Global Festival Night,簡稱GFN)就在11月2日當夜大張旗鼓地開始了。這裡的文化表演和特色美食統統免費!有著來自20個國家橫跨4個大洲的學生代表們,這次狂歡的開幕式我們有幸邀請了郭位校長、隨同來自環球事務處和學生宿舍處的職員及每個文化攤位的一位代表。
隨著開場白的結束,或許還有肚子的抗議,食物也準備就緒了。就拿我自己來說吧,十分幸運的是我這次剛好就在加拿大攤位旁邊,所以我沒花太多時間就排到了經典的肉汁乳酪薯條和美味的油炸甜面圈,耳邊一直迴響著這個國家「文化大使」賈斯丁·比伯(Justin Biber)的成名作《Baby》。巧的是,我們來自巴基斯坦的好兄弟也就在加拿大攤位旁邊供應著雞肉炒飯,這個絕佳的機會我絕對不會錯過。
正當我一邊排隊等著享用炸糖圈一邊狼吞虎咽地吃著第二份炒飯的時候,我有幸和本次活動的組織者之一 Sagar PINJANI(李兆基堂導師、經濟系三年級)交談一番,他告訴我光是準備這次活動就花了7小時。不過付出的努力都是值得的,因為他們稍後就贏得了本次晚會最佳食物的榮譽。
我在各個攤位之間徘徊著,親身品嘗不同的文化美食是一件有趣又有意義的事,食物能幫助不同文化背景的人們交流。「香港日」,也就是來自香港的代表組合,通過香港文化中無處不在的打麻雀游戲來使非本地學生領略麻雀深邃的內涵,看來我們極有可能在以後的麻雀活動中看到更多外國朋友。胡應湘爵士伉儷堂宿生Apple LEUNG作為是次活動的香港代表,對香港攤位極高的參與率感到高興。代表們此前一周都克服了很多時間安排上的困難來准備這次活動,努力沒有白費。
這次世界文化夜的成功很大程度上都要歸功於來自孟加拉的Abir HUSSAIN(舍堂十、機械電子學一年級),為了這次活動,他努力說服他的教授同意改動自己的考試時間,付出的努力不言而喻。不得不提的是,孟加拉攤位的特色美食如chat puti、pakoda、dhoodhkoli pita 和 semai 都是膾炙人口的美味。
接下來,舞台被一個接一個的熱烈表演點燃,有讓人眼花繚亂的華麗舞蹈,才華橫溢的滑稽短劇和嗨翻全場的樂隊表演。表演由來自香港和中國的代表率先開始。他們帶來了創意無限的雜耍表演和狂熱的K-pop編舞,為興高采烈的觀眾們預熱接下來的印度寶萊塢舞蹈,這也是今晚的最佳表演。之後贏得了最佳攤位獎的台灣代表隊則為觀眾獻上了活力十足的編舞,佐以台灣流行文化和優美合唱。馬來西亞代表隊緊隨其後,帶來華麗表演,動聽的和聲在滿珍綜合禮堂內迴響。在表演接近尾聲之際,觀眾們有幸對百老匯學生音樂劇《名揚四海》(Fame)先睹為快。他們呈上了活力十足的舞蹈表演,其中來自賽馬會群萃堂的宿生摩爾多龍(經濟系二年級),也就是劇裡的舞蹈演員,激動地邀請大家一定去參加將於11月9至10日奉上的完整表演。在看了昨晚的片段表演之後,大家毋庸置疑想要欣賞更多。
總而言之,世界文化之夜是一個精心組織和舉辦的活動。感謝國際學生社團大力支持!
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文:   William, Sumanth LAZARUS (賽馬會群萃堂)
譯:   陳妍宇 (舍堂十)
攝:   Unnat CHOUDHURY (舍堂十一)、William, Sumanth LAZARUS (賽馬會群萃堂)

Freshmen Blues / 新生的煩惱

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Life in college can be a whirlwind of a ride as much as it can be quaint and dull, many a consequence of ones exposure to the happenings on campus and large. I can remember those first few weeks of freshman year where social comfort would end well within those folk from your school, hometown and city, leaving room to get left behind from much adventure, especially regretful if you’re a non-local student. I would love to have spent that cozy little weekend before the midterms hiking up to Lions Rock than having waited after 2 years here to have checked that one-off, or having spent that first summer in the city skipping a trip down to Sai-Kung until the following winter; I shake my head. Not to worry there fellas, I’ve got a few tips that shall come to your rescue to wring those freshman blues.

  1. Spend time away from your room: Activities abound at all corners of the university: floor, hall, residence campus, university campus and even in other neighbouring Uni-s. Getting into sport clubs and societies would highly enrich social life in college while also helping you take care of your body-mind; I can still remember my Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings by the Shing-mun River in Fo Tan, training with the university row-crew, those sessions on the erg machine reminding my lower back of its present good fortunes. So GET OUT and GET BUSY.
  2. Grades, yes employers do care-earnestly: I’m slightly smitten with distaste remembering  advice I once followed from naysayers who cared little for grades; believe me, you need to maintain good grades-big league, and suggest that good attention be given to planning for deadlines and to submit college assignments on time. A more than a few studies care to show that falling grades are a major source of college blues and wavering emotion among freshman, so therefore PLAN PROPERLY.
  3. Volunteer: The best kind of service is the one that seeks nothing in return. Opportunities to get involved in the community and spread good will are amply available around us. To name a few like the City Youth Empowerment Project, the Food Angel soup kitchen and tutoring sessions at the Shek Kip Mei primary schools are a few ways to invest your free time for the benefit of our community around us. So start HELPING OUT!
  4. Campus jobs: A wonderful way to not only meet new mates but also get a little remuneration for your efforts would certainly come in handy on the Monday outings at Billy’s, so let’s WORK IT.
  5. HK Bustle: For a city that is ubiquitous for its nocturnal hustle, there is plenty of niche spots to visit for all times of the day. I’ll let you in on a list and you folk decide to make your own. Yes, ADVENTURE!  http://travel.cnn.com/hong-kong/play/50-secret-tips-hong-kong-sightseeing-371481

Writer:   William, Sumanth LAZARUS (Jockey Club Harmony Hall)
Images:   theweejun.com, fanshare.com

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對許多人來說,大學生活可能轉瞬即逝,也可能黯淡無光。我還記得大一開學前幾週,和來自同一學院,同一地方的同學相處讓我感到更舒適,但也因此錯過了一些探索本地文化的機會,這種懊惱的情緒在非本地學生當中更加強烈。我更希望自己在第一學期的中期考試之前就去爬爬獅子山,而不是等到兩年之後才去;或者在這座城市的第一個夏天就去探索西貢,直到冬天來臨。我搖搖頭。不過不用擔心,我將給你們一些小建議來趕走那些新生的煩惱。

  1. 別總是宅在房間裏:大學裏有數不盡的活動等待著你去發掘:樓層裏的活動,宿舍裏的,校園裏的,甚至是香港其他院校的活動。參加運動型社團能大大豐富你的社交生活,同時助你保持身心健康。我至今仍記得我曾經在火炭的城門河畔和城大划船校隊一起訓練的時光,正是那些在室內划船機上的練習造就了我現在健康的下背脊椎。所以走出房間,讓自己忙碌起來吧。
  1. 成績:你未來的老板一定會考慮你的大學成績:我至今仍爲自己曾聽從了一些老是否認GPA重要性的人的建議而感到懊惱;相信我,你需要保持優異成績——一個不小的挑戰,並且我建議提前做好學習規劃,按時交作業。許多調查都表明成績下降是大學新生感到煩惱和情緒不穩定的一個主要源頭,因此請制定適合自己的學習計劃。
  1. 義工:最有價值的服務便是義工這種無償服務了。我們身邊有很多這種讓我們能夠深入社區服務了解社會的機會。比如說「城青優權計劃」義工項目、惜食堂、到石硖尾小學替學童補習等等,這都是值得你投入閒餘時間來促進社區建設的項目。所以開始你自己的義工之旅吧。
  1. 校園兼職:一個不僅能讓你認識新朋友,還能讓你獲得一些酬金的絕佳途徑,所以開始找適合你的校園兼職吧!
  1. 探索香港:在這樣一個連夜生活都很豐富的城市,你全天都能找到適合你的絕妙去處。你一定能在下面的清單上找到你自己鍾愛的香港一隅。沒錯,開始你的探索之旅吧!http://travel.cnn.com/hong-kong/play/50-secret-tips-hong-kong-sightseeing-371481

文:   William, Sumanth LAZARUS (賽馬會群萃堂)
譯:   陳妍宇 (舍堂十)
圖:   theweejun.com, fanshare.com