KOU CHOU CHING

Having taken their name from a Taiwanese phrase dealing with the hard labor of the harvest season, this group directly shows off its dedication to Taiwan roots music. Fan Chiang and fishLIN, the two freestyle rhymers that make the voice of the crew, met while competing at street festivals make up the core of the crew. However, the rappers became fast friends and joined forces over their love for Taiwan in 2003 to form Kou Chou Ching. With the help of crossover turntablist DJ j. little who scratches over their Chinese, Taiwanese, Hakka and Hoklo lyrics along with suona players Achino and Yobo who add an acoustic folk dimension to the sound, the crew became complete and successful in creating a distinct Taiwanese hip hop sound that pays homage to its native island. Their first recording Fuke includes local media samples from Taiwanese opera, Hakka folk and rural oldies mixed in with a modern urban vibe. Kou Chou Ching continues in this direction on their double CD masterpiece KOU!! It's coming out!!! which features many tracks asserting national identity and praising Taiwanese culture alongside a remix collection featuring an international cast of electronic artists. The box-set received a Golden Melody nomination for an album of the year award and Kou Chou Ching was nominated for best band in 2008.

As mentioned above, Fan Chiang and fishLIN got their start at freestyle competitions. Once they came together with Kou Chou Ching, the group began performing at clubs and festivals around the island bringing their views on social change and a greater consciousness of Taiwanese identity to the stage. Despite embracing a progressive sound, Kou Chou Ching have often been invited to perform at folk music gatherings and rock events like the TaiK Rock Fest, the Migration Music Festival and the Ho-Hai-Yan Rock Fest which have traditionally reserved for acoustic musicians and rock bands bands. They have occasionally been joined on stage by the Island's intelligent rapper Chang Jui-chuan at big festivals like Formoz, 228 memorial concerts and small happenings alike. The group has also been well received in Japan where they toured in the Kanto area and also played some shows on Okinawa in the past few years. More recently, the Kou Chou Ching has been addressing issues in the greater Asian sphere performing at a Tienanmen memorial concert, a benefit for imprisoned Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi and even concerts to raise awareness about climate change. Whether at a university hall, thumping night club or folk festival, Kou Chou Ching are sure to entertain with music, comedy and skill; and without a doubt, they will educate the audience on Taiwanese culture through their progressive messages.

Live in Japan


BAND LINKS

http://www.kou.com.tw/

http://blog.roodo.com/kou/

http://www.myspace.com/koucc

http://www.btpodshow.com/music/?artist_id=7090

ARTICLES OF INTEREST

TAIPEI TIMES:
Taiwan’s ambassadors of rap

TAIPEI TIMES:
Hip-hop, Taiwanese style

TAIWAN PANORAMA:
Kou Chou Ching-- Taiwan's Hip-Hop Ambassadors

DISCOGRAPHY

KOU CHOU CHING - KOU!!! It's Coming Out! - Thirty-Seven Degrees Productions - 2008
Available at Pacifiction Records!


KOU CHOU CHING - FuKe - 2006
Available at Pacifiction Records!