Smooth jazz star Kenny G has paid a surprise visit to Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests, causing bemusement among Chinese authorities who had warned about the influence of foreign forces.
The musician tweeted Wednesday that he was visiting the demonstration site in the southern Chinese city. “I wish everyone a peaceful and positive conclusion to this situation,” he wrote. Photos had circulated earlier on social media of the star’s visit to the main protest zone.
The American musician’s laidback sax tunes are wildly popular in China. In September he completed a four-concert tour of the country. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying, when asked about the appearance, paused and then said that Kenny G’s music is highly appreciated in China but noted that foreigners should stay away from illegal protests.