Picture of Cheng Fangyuan, who sang a Chinese version of Wham's hit Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
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How Wham! helped change China

Thirty years ago the British pop band Wham! became the first western band to play in a then closed-off China.

Cheng Fangyuan, a famous Chinese singer, was one of 12,000 people who turned up to the concert in the capital, Beijing.

She had been invited to cover Wham!'s songs ahead of their visit, in a bid to promote the band to a Chinese audience, who had never heard of them or their music before.

The concert was a rare glimpse of western culture for the Chinese who were just starting to look outward.

Video journalist: Xinyan Yu

  • 09 Apr 2015
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