10,000 attend music event to benefit female abuse victims



TAIPEI — Around 10,000 excited fans crowded the Taipei Arena on Sunday to attend a concert initiated by four well-known pop divas to show their support for abused women and girls.

Award-winning A-mei of Taiwan, Na Ying of China, Tanya Chua of Singapore and Sandy Lam of Hong Kong performed in the concert, dubbed “”Project WAO (Women as One).”

Inspired by Lilith Fair, a concert tour and traveling music festival founded by Canadian musician Sarah McLachlan, the quartet aims to duplicate the success and raise funds to help female victims of abuse.

The pop divas took turns taking to the stage, and sang duets with each other, as well as with special guests — Taiwanese singers Jolin Tsai and Faith Yang and TV hostesses Matilda Tao and Dee Hsu (Xiao S).

Chua opened the concert with a brisk performance of her song “Angel vs. Devil,” followed by a duet with Yang on Yang’s “I Give You Love.”

“Thank you for coming,” Chua said. “Tonight we celebrate women’s music, women’s friendship and women’s solidarity and love.”

“It began as a small wish three years ago, and now the dream has come true on this stage. I am so grateful. This is so incredible,” she said.

Before singing her hit song “The Great Artist,” Tsai said the song is for everyone who believes in love.

“Please believe in the great and positive power inside you, and tell yourselves that you are unique. No one can treat you as an accessory,” Tsai said.

Peng Ting, a fan of A-mei who came to the concert with her friend, said she is very supportive of big-name celebrities holding such events to raise awareness for a good cause.

“Many fans will be driven to do charity work with their idols. So I think this event is very meaningful,” said the 21-year-old, who purchased a NT$1,600 (US$52) seat and said it was “well worth it.”

Sarah Hu, 25, said she came to the concert primarily to see Jolin Tsai and A-mei and the “unique sparks” of this rare combination of singers.

All proceeds from the concert, which are expected to reach NT$10 million, will go to the New Taipei-based City People Foundation to support its program for abused females aged 10-18, according to the concert organizers.