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Some People Say

by O-Kai

"Some People Say" by the awards winning O-KAI Singers, an aboriginal Taiwanese A Cappella group, is an unique musical creation of both modern and traditional harmonious aesthetics.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Da-Wu Mountain, Our Beautiful Mother (Male Vocals)
3:42 album only
2. Blah Blah Blah
3:13 album only
3. Dalubaling (The Love of Ghost Lake) + Nature Boy / Rukai Tribe
5:05 album only
4. Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
4:37 album only
5. Starlight
4:25 album only
6. Tminun (Weaving Song) / Atayal Tribe
3:58 album only
7. Swa I Yan (Missing You) / Atayal Tribe
3:20 album only
8. Da-Wu Mountain, Our Beautiful Bother (Mixed Vocals)
3:43 album only
9. Some People Say
4:05 album only


Album Notes
Where is your south?
What does your soul say?
Leave behind the hustle and bustle, and our voices will accompany you through happiness and sorrow.

That day......
We finally made the decision, after six years of contemplation, to release our second album.
So many things happened during those six years: people came and went, things fell apart and were put back together; and the singing started and stopped, and then started all over again. Of course, the process of making an album cannot always be full of brightness and light; for there are low tides and valleys, too. Our greatest concern through it all was the health of our producer, Jia-Ching.
But the work had to be completed, so we never gave up singing. Even at times when we were worn out and at an utter loss, we still believed in that spark. We believed in our commitment to the music, knowing that our persistence would bear fruit and that we’d be left with a beautiful record of all that had transpired.

The album in your hands, black and shimmering, contains songs that we sang for you with all our hearts on the deepest, darkest of nights. We hope that when you hear them, they will bring you the same light and hope they brought to us.

Introduction of O-KAI Singers

O-KAI Singers is an Aboriginal Taiwanese vocal group whose outstanding vocal ability has brought them immediate success. Only two months after its establishment they managed to take home first place in national category at the Taiwan International Contemporary A Cappella Festival. Since then, they have shattered records in the Taiwan a cappella scene, winning more than 36 different awards including category of “Best Jazz Album” with their first album for Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards (CARAs), 3 awards for Taiwan Golden Melody Awards, 4 national champions, runners up at an international competition, and scoring third place twice in international competitions in Europe. While sharing the stage with top international groups including The Swingle Singers, The Real Group, and The Idea of North, they pushed the total number of performances to more than 1,000 within 14 years.

O-KAI Singers has astounded many musical professionals including the founder of Vienna Youth Choir, Günther Theuring, who said “even in professional groups coming from Vienna, we rarely can hear such perfect harmonies." O-KAI Singers was also invited by Vocal Jazz master, Phil Mattson, to perform at Carnegie Hall after watching their impressive performance.

Aside from singing, O-KAI Singers also arranged and produced music in different genres. The Children's songs albums from the Council of Cultural Affairs of Taiwan featured over 200 songs written, arranged, sung by O-KAI Singers. These albums have also been nominated for the Golden Melody Awards, the best-known music awards in Taiwan.

O-KAI Singers has been active in the music education area as well. They held several workshops and tutorials nationally and internationally, inspiring and leading new vocal groups to win international awards. After a performance at National Tainan University of the Arts, one of the group members, Jia-Ching Lai, was invited to teach in the university, holding the first professional a cappella course in Taiwan history. Moreover, he was often invited as the judge in international competitions, such as Taiwan International A Cappella Competition, Taiwan Contemporary A Cappella Competition, The Sing-off China, Hong Kong A Cappella Competition, Shanghai A Cappella Competition, and the first A Cappella Competition in China.

During the year 2012, O-KAI Singers’ album “O-Kai A Cappella” was published in collaboration with Grammy award winning musicians, such as the music director from Take 6 and the producer of Manhattan Transfer. This album was well received by the market and also, won the award of “Best Jazz album” for Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards (CARAs).

Now, O-KAI Singers is preparing for their 10th anniversary world tour and the second album for the coming year 2014.

Awards and Achievements

Winning in the category of “Best Jazz Album” for Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards (CARAs)(USA).
Winning 3 awards of “Best Group”, “Best Aboriginal Album”, and “Jury Award” for 24th Golden Melody Awards (Taiwan).
Awarded “Ten Best Albums of 2012” by Chinese Musicians’ Association (Taiwan).
Performed at Shanghai Strawberry Festival.

Published first album “O-Kai A Cappella”
Performed at The Beijing Strawberry Festival, Shanghai Grand Theater, and National Concert Hall in Taiwan.
Performing with The Swingle Singers at the National Concert Hall in Taiwan.

Performed alongside with The Real Group at the Miaoli Stadium in Taiwan.

Performed at the Shanghai Grand Theater, Dongguan Yulan Theatre, WuXi, and ChangZhou on a 6-concert tour and held several workshops.

Performed on a 16-concert tour in the United States held by the Overseas Compatriot Affairs Commission of Taiwan.
Invited to do a 10-concert tour in China.

Won first prize out of 131 domestic groups at the ORTV choral competition.
Shared the stage with The Idea of North at the National Concert Hall in Taiwan.
Collaborated with professors of the National Tainan University of the Arts and performed "Music Wave of the South - Invisible Times" at the Taipei Contemporary Arts Center.

Won third prize and Silver Diploma out of 9 international groups in the jazz category of the "Ward Swingle Awards" International A Cappella Competition in Austria.
Invited to perform as demonstration group at the workshop of master conductor Günther Theuring of Vienna.
Touring concerts at many university music departments, music director Jia-Ching Lai started working as an assistant professor at the National Tainan University of the Arts.
Performed at the Eastern Arts Center in Shanghai China, ChiaoTung University EMBA, Mideast Europe University EMBA, and FuDan University.

Won first prize, Best lead singer, Best Chinese Performance, Best Jazz Performance, and Best Stage Presence at the national competition of the Taiwan International A Cappella Festival, also scoring second place out of 10 international groups at the international competition.
Performed twice at the National Concert Hall in Taiwan.

Won third prize and Silver Diploma in the gospel category of the "Ward Swingle Awards" International A Cappella Competition in Austria.

Won first prize, Best Lead Singer, Best Stage Presence, and Voice of Han award at the national competition of the Taiwan International A Cappella Festival.
Won first prize and Best Lead Singer at the National Contemporary A Cappella Competition in Taiwan.
Performed at a choral festival in Netherlands.



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