August 13, 2003
[Ta Kung Pao]
Steven Ma continues his promotional tour for his new album "Romantic
Vacation" in China, having visited Zhuhai and proceeding to Beijing,
Tianjun and Xian.
Wherever Steven goes he is well accepted by his fans because his TV
series "Luk Ding Gei" (Duke of Mount Deer) and "Gung See Luen Si Dor"
(In the Realm of Success) have been very popular on the mainland gaining
him many fans.
In Tianjun, Steven met with over a thousand fans and the event was very
lively. As he performed there were constant gifts of flowers and kisses
and he had a special visit from two members of the National Volleyball
Champions Team - Lu Chao and Yang Jie, who came along to show their
support. In Tianjun's Balitai Audio-Visual store, there were queues for
three hours before his appearance and those who couldn't enter pretended
to be press or workers to try and get in. Some fans were very emotional
and there was some chaos at one point with Steven needing to be
escorted out by security.
As well as meeting with his fans, Steven was also interviewed by the
local press. He mentioned that in Hong Kong, the nickname the fans give
him is "Ma Jai", but on the mainland, he is referred to as "Wai Gor"
[Viagra] and Steven can only look on helplessly as the fans and even the
interviewers call out to him as "Wai Gor".
Taken from Steven-Channel
Translated by Em @ http://tvbspacenews.blogspot.com/
Steven Ma has been promoting his new Mandarin Album "Romantic Holiday"
in Zhuhai in China to a crowd of 8000 fans from all around who want to
see his performance, creating quite a crazy scene. Among the fans were
girls who couldn't stop crying when they saw him from their excitement;
however the thing that made Steven the happiest was the appearance of
Michael Ku and his wife to support him giving him quite a surprise.
Steven headed out to the mainland on the 4th August on a promotional
tour for his first album to be sold in China. The tour will be for 12
days and the first stop was Zhuhai, where he arrived on the 5th and
stopped off at the International Plaza for an autograph session.
Although it has been raining constantly in Zhuhai for several days, the
fans' enthusiasm was not dampened and 8000 of them piled in to wait for
him, needing many security officers and metal barriers to keep them at
When Steven appeared, all the fans suddenly screamed out and went wild,
non-stop calling his name. When Steven was singing on the stage, there
were many dangerous scenes beneath and he was constantly warning his
fans to be careful. After singing, he offered autographs to his fans who
instantly went to buy his album for him to sign, causing every record
in the shopping centre to be snapped up in record time. Maybe because
they were too excited in seeing their idol, some fans burst into fits of
tears. Finally Steven left after two hours of signing autographs but
many fans still lingered afterwards, not wanting to leave.
Later, Steven mentioned he was worried about the weather affecting the
event, but luckily it held out. About the fans' response, he said that
he never expected such a hearty welcome, making it almost like a
mini-concert. He says that to see this kind of response to his promotion
is like a major confidence injection. However the happiest thing for
him was the appearance of Michael Ku [Em: Michael is a songwriting
genius.] and his wife to support him. He said: "Seeing an old friend on
the mainland, it was such a surprise!"
Steven says that Michael and his wife came especially to support him,
saying he got to know the couple not long after entering the industry
and Michael had written a song in his new album called "Forever
Promise". Michael says that he is very pleased at Steven's success
because he has used ten years hard work to achieve this and he goes on
to praise Steven's singing talent, saying he deserves every bit of his
Em at TVBspace News Roundup