南音說唱/ 南音Nanyin/ Naamyam
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所屬名錄: 第三批國家級名錄/ 香港首份非物質文化遺產清單
編號: V-112 / 2.14
申報地區或單位: 澳門特別行政區/ 香港特別行政區
Inscribed list: National List, Third Batch/ The First Intangible Cultural Heritage Inventory of Hong Kong
Inventory no.: V-112 / 2.14
Nominating unit(s): Macau Special Administration Region/ Hong Kong Special Administration Region
Nanyin is a type of Cantonese folk music, which includes yue’ou (Cantonese: jyut6 au1 粵謳), longzhou (Cantonese: lung4 zau1 龍舟), muyu (Cantonese: muk6 jyu4 木魚), and banyan (Cantonese: baan2 ngaan5 板眼). It was a popular entertainment in the Pearl River Delta region, especially Canton and Hong Kong, in the early 20th century. It was mostly performed by blind singers who were called gushi (Cantonese: gu2 si1 瞽師) if male and shi’niang (Cantonese: si1 noeng4 師娘) if female, and they often performed dishui nanyin (地水南音) in restaurants and brothels. They sang telling stories of the lowest strata of society, with accompanying music and rhythm from guzheng, erhu and clapper. In the past, because of the tragic content of the songs, it was considered unlucky for women from good families to hear them.
A nanyin song has fixed and non-fixed parts. The fixed parts include the banmian (板面 instrumental prelude), guoxu (過序 interlude), laqiang (拉弦 changing the voice at the end of each sentence); the non-fixed parts include singing, which depends on the tones of the words. Gushi and shi’niang may sometimes improvise spoken parts in the interludes. Nanyin is a creative and flexible genre of xiqu.
Later, when yueju (Cantonese opera) became more popular, it absorbed some characteristics of Cantonese nanyin, preserving them onstage. Some songs of nanyin, such as Ketu Qiuhen (客途秋恨 Wayfarer's Autumn Lament) and Nanshaoyi (男燒衣 Male’s Clothes), lamentations over lost love, are still famous.
As the key locations for Cantonese nanyin, Canton, Hong Kong and Macau have actively promoted the singing tradition in recent years, by education and even combined performances, for example, “Nanyin in Guangdong Music: Talents from Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao” (粵港澳南音粵樂薪傳音樂會) organized by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department in 2016. In Hong Kong today, a few nanyin artists still perform, such as Franco Yuen Siu-fai, Tong Kin-woon, and Tong Siu-yin. Apart from being included in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Hong Kong in 2017, nanyin is possibly scheduled as one of the regular programmes of the coming Xiqu Centre in the West Kowloon Cultural District. As for Macau, the Cultural Affairs Bureau promotes nanyin by many ways, such as holding “Palestras Sobre Temas Culturais” (文化講堂) for introducing it to primary and secondary students, and inviting Master Au Kwan-cheung who is the only gushi singing dishui nanyin in Macau and the nationally-recognized inheritor of nanyin for open talks and performances.
In 2011, nanyin was included in the third batch of the National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of China (第三批國家級非物質文化遺產名錄), applied by Macau. In 2014 it was also listed on the First Intangible Cultural Heritage Inventory of Hong Kong (香港首份非物質文化遺產清單) by Hong Kong Intangible Cultural Heritage Office.
A performance of Cantonese nanyin (南音, a genre of Cantonese folk music popular in Guangdong province) in the concert “Nanyin in Guangdong Music – The Legacy of Dr Ng Wing-mui”, staged on February 11 at the Auditorium of the Ko Shan Theatre New Wing.
The song performed in this video is “Nanshaoyi”《男燒衣》, one of the most famous nanyin songs. Franco Yuen Siu-fai, the singer, is a famous nanyin and yueju artist in Hong Kong, performing with To Wing, Ho Kang-ming, Chan Kwok-fai and Chan Tsz-Chun, who are the musicians of yehu, Pipa, Zheng and Xiao.