Susanna Kwan and Steven Ma are two of the most popular Hong Kong artistes, instantly recognizable thanks to their appearances in numerous Hong Kong TV drama series. Last week, we had the chance to catch both superstars in action when they held their 3-day concert here at Resorts World Genting and it was simply amazing!
Steven Ma’s debut performance at the Resort was divided into two sections—the first section saw him singing the theme songs of various TVB series while the second section focused on songs from his own albums. His mellifluous voice gave goosebumps to his listeners as he belted out songs like “Xiang Fei” (想飞) from On The Track Or Off and “Tian Yi” (天意) from Storm in a Cocoon. It was also his first time performing “Warrior Dad” (爸士) for his Malaysian fans, a touching song he composed and wrote himself.
During the concert, we found Steven Ma to have a disarming sense of humour. He candidly recounted his start in the industry where he participated in 43 singing contests but failed to win. On the 44th attempt, he finally won and was offered a recording contract. However, album sales were disappointing and he was on the verge of giving up when a friend suggested that he give acting a try. “Luckily, I have a face and head shape that is very suited to period dramas, so offers poured in.”
Cheers resounded through the hall as the ever elegant Susanna Kwan took to the stage, mesmerizing the crowd with a selection of hits from the 70s and 80s that included “Qin Qing” (亲情), “Qiang Ren” (强人), and “Shi Shi Wei Man Zu” (事事未满足). “It has been a long time since my last visit to Genting and I’m glad to be able to share my favourite songs with all of you once again.” She also expressed hope that she would still be singing at the age of 70 and 80, to which the audience responded with thunderous applause.
Her set also included the TVB series theme song from Heart of Greed, Moonlight Resonance, and Can’t Buy Me Love. In fact, her roles in these three dramas are some of her most notable works. “In the beginning, I was reluctant to take on villainous roles for fear of getting scolded by the viewers. However, the viewers actually like to watch me play the bad guy!”
One of the highlights during the concert was the game session with the fans. Five lucky fans were picked to join their idols onstage where they were told that each of them had to sing a song. Instead of shying away from the potentially embarrassing prospect of singing in front of hundreds of people, the fans were very sporting and at one point, they were even fighting over the microphone. One lucky fan even got to take quick selfie with the stars!
The concert drew to an end with the duets “Zai Yu Zhong” (在雨中) and “Liang Wang Yan Shui Li” (两忘烟水里). Before leaving the stage, Susanna and Steven thanked their fans for the love and support showered upon them with a deep bow.