Dr Liang Wern Fook
梁文福博士

 

Nanyang Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient (2016)
南洋卓越校友奖获奖者 (2016)

 

A one-man “bridge linking literature and music” in Singapore

Dr Liang Wern Fook
National Institute of Education
Ph.D. (Chinese Literature)/ Class of 2000

For his outstanding contributions to the Xinyao (Singapore songs) music movement and in recognition of his achievements as a writer, composer, and educator in Chinese language and literature in Singapore, Nanyang Technological University is proud to present Dr Liang Wern Fook with the Nanyang Distinguished Alumni Award.

An acclaimed singer-songwriter with six albums and over 200 musical compositions and songs under his belt, Dr Liang is considered a pioneer of the Xinyao music movement. Dr Liang’s passion for music was fuelled by his music-loving parents. In 1984, he released his first commercial song “A  song for you” which he wrote at the age of 16. He gradually set up his own distinctive style by a combination of various melodies, profound literature knowledge, and deep feelings towards the society and the country. His significant works include Eve of History Exam, The Sparrow Song, Friendship Forever, One Step at a Time, and Singapore Pie.

During his 1986 to 1992 Xinyao phase, he released five albums, one of which, The Door, was the first Singaporean Mandarin album to be fully composed and written by the same artiste. His other musical milestones include composing the song Love’s Refuge, which topped the charts for 29 weeks across 1986 and 1987. In 2003, He was voted the “Person Who Best Represents the Xinyao Spirit” in a 2003 poll conducted by the Composers and Authors Society of Singapore. Dr Liang’s enduring popularity was shown when 5,000 tickets to his first solo concert in April 2015 sold out within six hours.

Despite the decline of Xinyao’s popularity from the mid-90s, Dr Liang never stopped composing. His compositions have also been sung by Mandopop superstars including Andy Lau, Jacky Cheung, and fellow Singaporeans Kit Chan and Stefanie Sun. Over the past 10 years, he has devoted himself to musical composition, bringing his career onto a new stage. He successfully launched the well-known musicals December Rains, the first Chinese musical produced by Singaporeans, and the critically acclaimed If There’re Seasons.

Musical talent aside, Dr Liang is also a published poet and essayist who has earned critical acclaim with his essay collection The Last Years of Kreta Ayer, poetry collection In Fact I am in Love with Time, and short-story collection The 21 Dreams of Liang Wern Fook. Dr Liang is currently a respected Adjunct Associate Professor with NTU’s Division of Chinese. He is also the Language Director of Xue Er You Language Centre.

Dr Liang has received numerous prestigious awards including the Cultural Medallion for Music by National Arts Council in 2010 for his contributions to Singapore’s music scene. Other accolades include winning the Best Local Lyrics Award on five separate occasions at the Singapore Hit Awards organised by MediaCorp Radio FM93.3 and Best Theme Song twice at the MediaCorp Star Awards. He has also been recognised for his work in literature – Dr Liang was the first-ever recipient of the National Arts Council’s Young Artist Award (Literary Arts) in 1992 and The Singapore Book Prize in 1996. He has also received the Nanyang Alumni Achievement Award in 2008. Dr Liang is greatly respected by his peers too, with the late Singapore theatre great Kuo Pao Kun having once referred to his works as “a bridge linking literature and music”.
 

在文学与音乐之间搭建桥梁

梁文福博士
国立教育学院
中文文学博士 / 2000年毕业班

新谣核心代表人物,集写作人、音乐词曲创作人、华文文学与语文教育工作者于一身;梁文福博士促成了文学与音乐的美丽邂逅,为新加坡土壤注入文艺气息,丰富人文内涵,南洋理工大学特此授予南洋卓越校友奖。

如果说新加坡中文流行音乐始于八十年代兴盛的“新谣”,梁博士堪称是这场音乐文化运动最重要的先驱开拓者之一。自16岁写下第一首歌《写一首歌给你》,他逐渐建立起鲜明的个人创作风格,以多元婉约的曲风、浓厚的文学底蕴、饱含社会意义与家国情怀的笔触,将本地中文歌曲创作带入全新境界。新谣时期的代表作有《历史考试前夕》、《麻雀衔竹枝》、《细水长流》、《一步一步来》、《新加坡派》等。

1986年,梁博士推出首张个人作品集《门》,成了新加坡第一位发行个人中文词曲作品专辑的创作人;之后七八年新谣鼎盛时期里,他再出版四张个人作品集,情歌代表作《恋之憩》盘踞电台流行歌曲排行榜“龙虎榜”长达29周。2003年,新加坡词曲版权协会主办公众票选活动,梁博士获选为“我心目中的十大新谣代表人物”之首。2015年4月举办出道35年来首次个人大型作品演唱会,5000张门票短短六小时内被抢购一空。

九十年代中以后新谣虽逐渐沉寂,梁博士却始终没停止创作,作品受两岸三地中文乐坛歌手青睐,迄今累积逾200首词曲作品。海外著名歌手如张学友、刘德华,以及本地歌手陈洁仪、孙燕姿等都演唱过他的作品。近二十年来他投入音乐剧制作,先后成功推出《雨季》和《天冷就回来》两部华语音乐剧,为本地中文音乐创作之路开拓了更广阔的舞台。

梁博士凭斐然的音乐成就享誉海内外,他的文学创作亦然。1984年出版首部文集《曾经》,之后出版作品十余本,包括《最后的牛车水》(散文集)、《其实我是在和时光恋爱》(诗集)、《寻找一朵小猫的微笑:梁文福的21个梦》(微型小说)等。他后来通过研究与教学,继续对新加坡华文文学的发展与传承做出贡献,目前梁博士是南大中文系兼任副教授,也是“学而优语文中心”的语文总监。

2010年,国家艺术理事会颁予梁博士文化奖(音乐类),从国家层级充分肯定了他将文学与音乐相结合的卓著贡献:通过词曲向海外华人世界展现新加坡的音乐文学特色。梁博士曾五度荣获新加坡金曲奖最佳本地作词奖,以及二度获得红星大奖最佳主题曲奖。除此之外,梁博士的文学贡献也多次获得肯定,1992年获国家艺术理事会颁予首位青年艺术奖(文学类),1996年获颁新加坡书籍奖。梁博士亦于2008年获得母校颁发南洋校友成就奖。本地已故戏剧前辈郭宝崑曾对梁博士有如此评价:“他在文学界和音乐界之间搭建了重要的桥梁。”


 

 

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