I told zestylime I'll translate Chinese media for this community, so if you have anything (texts or videos) you want me to translate, feel free to ask! At the moment, here are two translations for you all. These are all direct translations from the source, unaffected by my own opinions (which I may or may not add in italics). I don't know what tags to add for this post so, mods, feel free to add them or change the subject. Yaojee's post on 2009-09-13:Yaojee's blog is the go-to source of latest news for Chinese fans. He is very fluent in Russian and would scour for Russian news about Vitas and translate them. Thus, he has become Vitas and Pudovkin's go-to guy if they want to pass any message to the Chinese fans. For two years he would post a few times per week, until Sept 2nd 2008 when he abruptly bade farewell. The last two posts after that date were direct messages from Vitas and his management to him, which I guess he felt inclined to post. Perhaps Yaojee is busy, but I hope he resumes his Vitas obsession. =)News: Received V management request for a list of Chinese songs for Vitas to singManagement sent a mail requesting the following:Mr. Pudovkin hopes for everyone's opinion, someone suggested one of Tu Hong Gang's songs, questions:1. I'm thinking of producing this song (referring to Tu Hong Gang's song), is this song very popular in China?2. Are there any more suggestions? Please suggest the most popular, most suitable for Vitas to perform.Zhu Hong Gang's song can be downloaded here.Same question for knowledgeable V fans, if you have good suggestions, please reply in 2 days, or e-mail to here. If they are suitable, I will definitely send them to V's management.Original Post: http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_4b7003980100eps1.htmlSorry for the colours. Green are Yaojee's words, blue are the admin's and orange are Pudovkin's. I've uploaded the song to mediafire, so you don't have to navigate the chinese host site. The file is corrupted, the end doesn't play properly for me. Seems like Vitas is not done singing in Chinese after Tibetan Plateau. He is also intending to sing Star in chinese.____________________________________________Vitas' entry on baidu.comBaidu is like the Chinese's Wikipedia. I'm not sure about the validity of the information presented, considering how they got his birth year wrong too, but an interesting read nonetheless. I'm just going to translate the first two sections.Personal InformationName: Vitaliy Vladasovich GrachyovStage name: VitasBirthday according to management: 19 February 1981Nationality: UkranianBirth Place: LatviaCurrent Residence: Moscow, RussiaVitas' height, weight, etc are not given by his management.According to estimates given by fans who have seen him,Height: About 178~183 cmWeight: About 60~70 kg (Pre-2003 estimates were only 50 plus kg)Rise to Fame HistorySome say that Vitas is not completely a stage name, but an affectionate way of calling Vitaliy in Latvian language (this may be true). When he was 3, his entirely family moved to Odessa, Ukraine. Most people believe, Vitas' producer Sergey Pudovkin discovered Vitas in Odessa purely by accident. Then, Pudovkin had to go to Odessa for business and a friend suggested that he go to the local "comedy and miming theater" to watch a performance. Vitas was working as an extra there then, and participated in that performance. When Vitas appeared on the stage, his obvious talent left a deep impression on Pudovkin: he turned from a little girl to a young lady with speed, then became a man, and finally an old woman. He can even use different voices to speak. Thus, Pudovkin decided to bring him back to Moscow to nurture him into a star. At that time, he did not know of Vitas' unique vocals. He didn't even know that Vitas could sing! But Pudovkin believed he had met a very gifted boy, and that he could nurture him into a star, no matter what type. At last, when Pudovkin realised Vitas has that kind of extraordinary vocals, he started to groom him as a singer. People are not very sure if this is true, but it is a fact that Vitas worked at a theater in Odessa before. They are just suspicious if Pudovkin really did not know of Vitas' unusual vocals then. Vitas never accepts media interviews personally, this is the direction of Pudovkin. Instead, Pudovkin takes Vitas' place in many interviews. Now, if newspapers report on interviews with Vitas, people knows it is not true because Vitas never interact with reporters directly. But he will interact with his fans during concerts, and this is enough. The fans who have taken a group photo with Vitas say he is a very sanguine person, very easy to talk to. He seems more like a simple and pure boy, and not an arrogant singing celebrity. His fame has not caused him to become proud (at least this is so even until now).Source:http://baike.baidu.com/view/39219.htm
Thank you so much for the translations!! :) I haven't ever been able to read Yaojee's blog (google translations of anything in chinese are....severely lacking)And I like the colors,they are ~festive~.Thoughts on the song: I like the instrumentals a lot. a LOT a lot. What's the name of it? Vitas could only make this better. oh boy the backup vocals. Okay now I want him to sing this just bc DIVA would be hilarious at this part, if they sang it.I like it. But then again I like everything he does. But it's a cool song. Thank you for uploading it to mediafire!Btw What is the name of the song, and are there translated lyrics for it? :) thanks
You're welcomed. If you'd like, I can also translate Yaojee's archive. =)Yes, it would be amusing to hear DIVA go "He Ha Who! Ha Who He!" XDThe title is 霸王别姬. Translates to The Conqueror bids farewell to his lady. I stand in the midst of a stormI cannot remove the pains of the heart.Looking at the skiesThe clouds are moving.Sword in hand,I look for heroes beneath the heavens.There are many pleasures in the worldBut I only love youAll departures are full of sorrowHow can one bury years of love?You are most loyal in my heartWe share our joys and sorrows, swearing to die togetherYou exchange your deep gentle loveFor my courage and ambitionsYou are most loyal in my heartMy tears rush to the skiesEven in my next life I'll be a conquerorAnd return while the dusk is still nigh!