Adele’s extremely popular song Rolling in the Deep has inspired many artistes and music enthusiasts to create their own covers and versions. We even have an Indian classical Carnatic version that is quite cool to listen to. But there is another classical version that is creating waves, and it’s all the way in China.
A man has sung the song in the style of a Chinese opera, with the accent that’s apparently from Ningxiang County in the northeastern part of Hunan province. The twisting style of pronouncing the words give the song a very unique characteristic, which explains why the video of this version managed to attract around 500,000 views on Youko, China’s Youtube equivalent, within days of being uploaded on August 5, according to reports.
The very nasal and high-pitched rendition has apparently been sung by a classically trained Chinese singer, Liao Jialin, who is a graduate of the Conservatory of Music in Guangdong, according to a Quartz report. The song was first broadcast on 1.3 Billion Decibel, an online music show where people sing popular songs in different Chinese dialects. The article went to say that a Chinese-language story titled “This might be the craziest cover song you have ever heard” on WeChat messenger, received 6 million views in just 20 days.
“Adele is the one that doesn’t know how to sing,” one fan apparently wrote on WeChat.
While Mandarin is the official language in China, a third of the population speaks in a local dialect – a phenomenon all Indians will relate to. Now, should we take inspiration and try to attempt the song in the 700-plus dialects we boast of?