Live In Shanghai - Twelve Girls Band

EMI

The Twelve Girls Band is a dozen lovelies from the People’s Republic of China who are winning Western audiences by presenting their traditional sounds in the context of popular standards. When the concept of the Twelve Girls Band was being developed, the answer to how many performers there should be was a ‘no brainer’. According to Chinese numerology and myth, it is twelve ‘Jinchai’ or hairpins that represent womanhood .After opening new markets abroad for their Chinese arrangements of western tunes, the girls returned to Shanghai to perform a special outdoor concert in the shadow of the city’s famous Pearl Tower . Joining them on stage for a real cross-cultural experience was Mexican chanteuse, Lila Downs. Her soulful treatment of the Gershwin classic, Summertime is one of the highlights of their new DVD. Some of the other material on the DVD plays pretty schmaltzy, but they have never been billed anything more innovative than a Chinese answer to Riverdance and on that level they succeed beautifully. BTW George Gershwin wrote that song in 1933 for the musical Porgy and Bess. Along with ‘Yesterday’ by The Beatles, Summertime is believed to be one of the most covered songs in popular music history. A group called The Summertime Connection claims to have on file 8, 764 recorded versions of the song