American saxophonist Kenny G. showed up at a pro-democracy protest site in Hong Kong on Wednesday, giving a pleasant surprise to the camped-out youth and lighting up the social media.
Photos of the curly-haired musician at the main protest zone in Admiralty district started surfacing on Facebook in the afternoon.
Henry Chan Wan-hoi, a Hong Kong fiction writer, reposted a photo of Kenny G on his Facebook page, saying: “My friend Mark Bong has run into Kenny G in the Umbrella Movement. It’s so awesome!”
Some netizens joked that Mr G could be one of the so-called “external forces” that were blamed by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying for helping spur protests in the city.
The musician confirmed his visit on Twitter. “In Hong Kong at the sight (sic) of the demonstration. I wish everyone a peaceful and positive conclusion to this situation,” he wrote in the caption accompanying a smiling selfie taken against the backdrop of protest posters.
“Kenny G’s musical works are widely popular in China, but China’s position on the illegal Occupy Central activities in Hong Kong is very clear,” a Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman said in Beijing, when asked to respond to news of Kenny G’s visit to the Hong Kong protest site.
“We hope that foreign governments and individuals speak and act cautiously and not support the Occupy Central and other illegal activities in any form,” spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a daily news briefing, Sina.com reported.
Kenny G, whose real name is Kenneth Bruce Gorelick, is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, perhaps even the No. 1 instrumentalist. He has sold more than 75 million records worldwide. In recent years, he has focused a lot more on investment than music as the record market has not been doing well.
Mark Bong’s facebook page: [click here]
Kenny G’s twitter posting: [click here]
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