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相比起香港樂壇,澳門的歌手不算太多,但每個人均有其獨特之處,在音樂路上百花齊放。若要數澳門樂壇的人生贏家,恐怕非古卓文(Germano)莫屬了。體格魁梧的他,不但擁有混血兒的俊俏臉孔,聲線更細膩深厚,自然成為樂壇的寵兒。Germano本年度的最新派台歌《耐得住寂寞》早前於「第十六屆澳廣視至愛新聽力歌曲選舉」勇奪三項大獎。這位葡國大男孩用行雲流水般的唱功、柔情似水般的聲音,唱出多首懾人心魄的情歌。

在凡事以話題性、時效性作為考量的年代,很多實力派歌手只能一步步默默耕耘,等待出頭天。可是,Germano的星途卻一點都不平凡。出道之初,他已經代表澳門演唱各大型世界級運動會曲目,又與陳慧琳、張惠妹及孫楠等歌壇巨星共同獻唱中華人民共和國第十一屆全國運動會開幕式主題曲。他曝光的機會不僅於此,在2009年參加第一屆《亞洲星光大道》,更晉身五強。由於精通廣東話、英語、國語及土生葡語,故他亦屢次獲任為政府官方活動的大會司儀。乍看起來,一切似是由機遇造就而成,但我們深知──倘若不付出努力,又何來機會?Germano從小到大都不怯場,表演細胞早就滲入血液的最深處,讓他能將情感揮灑自如。

Germano尤其擅長唱情歌,以洗練的歌聲訴說愛情的不同階段。雨後彩虹,乃是美好的意象,但《彩虹》一曲卻換轉角度,強調一段關係如彩虹般稍縱即逝,只剩下惋惜。當遺憾慢慢開始褪去,Germano藉着《灰》告訴我們,君子應取中庸之道,不論是政治或商業,所有是非黑白不用分得那麼清,愛情亦然。多了一些歷練後,也許你會發現女人心就像《海底針》歌詞的描述,教人三番四次落入無底深潭,然後在毫無預兆之下被狠狠刺傷。Germano切入失戀者的角度,陪伴人們度過不少寂寥的夜晚。早前他更以最新派台歌《耐得住寂寞》摘下三項大獎:「至愛歌曲獎」、「最佳監製獎」及「至愛歌曲金獎」。「我好開心,亦很榮幸可以獲得今年的金曲獎,這個獎是很多歌手夢寐以求的獎項。」他知道自己並非孤身作戰,更藉此感謝公司給予的機會和家人的鼓勵,令他可以繼續在演藝事業上發熱發亮。Germano相信,耐得住寂寞的人,最後都不會寂寞,只是最好的尚未出現。而這次成為「新聽力」的三料大贏家,也足以證明了他耐得住多年的努力和刻苦。

身為土生葡人,他除了熱衷歌唱事業外,亦不遺餘力地傳承語言文化。根據聯合國教科文組織於2011年11月的統計,目前在澳門能操土生葡語(Patuá)的人數不足五十人,Germano正是其中一位。他曾多次接受媒體採訪,又加入土生土語話劇團(Dóci Papiaçám di Macau),身體力行把葡國的文化和語言流傳下來。

從《亞洲星光大道》中稚氣未脫的少年,逐漸變為成熟沉穩的男人,Germano對音樂的熱忱始終如一。就讓我們一起期待他在歌唱生涯創下的另一個高峰吧!

撰文:王以珞
美術:王曉澄

Compared to Hong Kong’s music industry, there are relatively fewer local singers in Macau. Nonetheless, these Macanese singers are endowed with a wealth of personal charms which keep the industry flourishing. If we have to name a “winner in life” in Macau’s music industry, it would probably be Germano Ku. Besides a muscular body, he also has a mixed-race face as well as a soothing voice, making him one of the most popular singers in Macau. This year, Germano has won three awards in the “16th Teledifusão de Macau (TDM) Best of the Pop Music Awards Concert”. With unbeatable singing skills and a melodious voice, this big boy has sung a couple of love songs that tug at our heartstrings.

Born in the era where people focus mainly on topical and timely issues, many skilled singers can only move on step by step, waiting for a golden chance. Yet, Germano’s music journey is certainly out of ordinary. Soon after his debut, he was given the opportunity to be a Macau representative to sing for some world-class sports events, and perform the opening song for the “11th National Games of the People's Republic of China” with other celebrated singers including Kelly Chan, A-mei and Sun Nan. He also participated in the first season of “Asian Millionstar”, produced by ATV in 2009, and became one of the top five contestants. Since he is capable of speaking Cantonese, English, Mandarin and Patuá (a blend of Portuguese and Cantonese), he is always invited to be the emcee of different government’s official events. It might seem that Germano is lucky enough to have these opportunities, but we all know that—opportunities only come with hard work. Germano does not have stage fright and his performing talent is already in his blood, thus he can express his emotions freely on the stage.

Germano is especially good at singing love songs with his soft, calm voice to describe different stages of love. A rainbow after the rain is supposed to be a beautiful imagery, but his song “Rainbow” focuses on how ephemeral rainbows are, while highlighting the sense of remorse. As the feeling of remorse starts to fade away, we have to learn the importance of moderation. Germano uses his song “Grey” to tell us to seek moderation in all things, including political and business issues, and also, love. After some years of experience, it is not uncommon for us to find out a woman’s heart is like a needle under the sea. The song “Needle Under the Sea” perfectly depicts the above-mentioned situation. His songs have helped a number of people to overcome solitude in life. Recently, his new song “Single” won “The Best Song Award”, “The Best Producer Award” and “The Best Song – Gold Award”. “I am very glad and honored to receive this award. It is the award that every singer dreams of having.” He also took the opportunity to express his heartfelt gratitude to Chessman and his family for supporting him along the way. Germano believes that, those who can endure loneliness will find their right one eventually. After many years of hard work, he finally hit a significant milestone in his life.

As a native-born Macanese, Germano does not only put effort into his music career, but also help spreading Macanese language and culture. According to the survey carried out by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in November 2011, there are less than 50 Macanese who can speak Patuá. Germano is very keen to have interviews with different media, and he has also joined the Dóci Papiaçám di Macau, a Macau's Patuá-language drama group, in order to pass on the Macanese culture and language.

From an innocent boy who performed in “Asian Millionstar”, to a mature man, Germano’s passion for music has never changed. Let us wait for his next milestone in the music career!

Text: Elok Wong
Art: Agnes Wong

ISSUE #203

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