Music

Go bald again? No way!

Eccentric. Bizarre. Unconventional. Free-spirited.

At the peak of her career in the late 80s and early 90s, Cantopop queen Shirley Kwan stood out by boasting all of the above.

Musically, the 47-year-old single mum - she has a 12-year-old son whom she claims was fathered by a Bhutanese monk - has never been one to trot out bland, karaoke-friendly tunes a la her Hong Kong peers.

Her songs run a gamut of genres - including acid jazz, new age and even techno. Like Bjork, Kwan's appearance was also ever-changing. In 1994, she even shaved her head.

But in an e-mail interview with M to promote the Polygram Forever Live In Singapore concert, Kwan said sporting the botak look is no longer an option for her...

Are you nervous about your upcoming ensemble gig?

Not really. I'm treating it as a party where I can meet some of my old friends.

Do you still have super enthusiastic fans?

Yes, I did a recent showcase in Canada, and there was a fan who drove several hours to the venue - all to pass me a cake to congratulate me on 25 years in showbiz.

In the past, you were known for your flamboyant style. Are you still as bold?

When I was younger, of course I dared to try everything. Now, I pick outfits, hairstyles and make-up that suit me best. I'm definitely not going bald (again)!