yaoli

By Made with paper

Old Shanghainese Style

During Shanghai international settlement period (1845-1943), the city was largely influenced by the western culture. In 30s and 40s, Chinese song writers were creatively integrating songs with American jazz and traditional Chinese music, songs like 玫瑰玫瑰我爱你(Rose Rose, I love you)was one of the most popular songs in that era, so popular that it was made into English version. 姚莉(Yaoli, Shanghainese), the lady in the drawing was the first one to sing this song, very beautiful and a great singer. She is still alive, aged 92 and lives in Hongkong.