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South African Eli Zaelo Wants to be China’s Next “Mandopop” Star

Hong Kong-based South African singer Eli Zaelo. Image via Official Eli Zaelo on Facebook.

27-year old Pretoria-native Eli Zaelo came to Hong Kong a few years ago to perform as part of the Lion King cast at Disneyland. She had never been to Asia before and didn’t speak a word of Chinese, either Cantonese or Mandarin. But she did see an opportunity, one that was much larger than her role at an amusement park.

Zaelo left her job at Disneyland, got a Mandarin tutor and set her sights on becoming a so-called “Mandopop” singing love songs… in Chinese.

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