To mark the 10th death anniversary of Anita Mui (梅艷芳), Hong Kong’s biggest stars gathered together for a memorial concert on December 30. Anita died at the age of 40 due to cervical cancer, but she remained in the hearts of many people. Over 8,000 fans attended the concert at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre to celebrate Anita’s contributions to Cantopop music.
The concert was organized by Eric Tsang (曾志偉) and Jacky Cheung (張學友). Artists that appeared on stage include Anita’s close friends: Andy Lau (劉德華), Jackie Chan (成龍), Eason Chan (陳奕迅), Shirley Kwan (關淑怡), Tony Leung (梁朝偉), Carina Lau (劉嘉玲), Aaron Kwok (郭富城), Miriam Yeung (楊千嬅), Denise Ho (何韻詩), Andy Hui (許志安), Sammi Cheng (鄭秀文), A-Mei (張惠妹), Sandy Lam (林憶蓮), George Lam (林子祥), Maggie Cheung Man Yuk (張曼玉), Alex To (杜德偉), Edmond Leung (梁漢文), Grasshopper, Cherie Chung (鍾楚紅) and William So (蘇永康).
Dressed in all black, the artists could not hold back tears as they remembered Anita’s friendship and how her life had inspired them. Eric Tsang said that Anita was an iconic “Daughter of Hong Kong” who influenced her seniors and mentored younger singers. Describing the concert as a surprise party for the late singer, Eric then looked skywards and asked, “Anita, are you ready?”
Jacky Cheung, Aaron Kwok, Andy Hui, Sammi Cheng and others took turns on stage, performing and sharing anecdotes of Anita. Carina Lau read the lyrics of “In the Hazy Night” <朦朧夜雨裡>, while husband Tony Leung sang the song in a rare stage performance.
George Lam remembered Anita by wearing the same jacket he wore to their last duet ten years ago, “Who I Love Most <最愛是誰>. He said, “I wore this jacket that night. After that, I never wore it again. I really miss her. I hope everyone will hug your closed ones.”
Cherie Chung remembered a weaker side of the usually strong Anita, “She described the illness as an unbearably painful process. But she would never reveal that to others and have them worry.”
Maggie Cheung recalled how Anita once came to her rescue and drank on her behalf. At other times, they have gotten into pillow fights as close friends. Maggie said, “Anita, I will always respect and admire you.”
Andy Lau tried to hold back his tears. “Thank you everyone for remembering Anita these ten years. There’s a song, her favorite song that she felt was written for her. It depicted her life story. Let’s sing the song with her,” he said. “Sunset Song” <夕陽之歌> was then played and the stars got on stage to sing in unison.
Before the start of the concert, Anita’s mother presented Eric and Jacky a thank you letter written by Anita’s brother, Mui Kai Ming (梅啟明). Due to her old age, she did not stay until the end of the concert, but she thanked everyone for remembering Anita. Among the audience that night were Anita’s former boyfriend, Benjamin Lam (林國斌) and her teacher, Ning Bo Che (寧波車).
This article is written by Karen for JayneStars.com.