At 19 years old, Catherine Wong is one of the youngest kotai (“song stage” in Hokkien) singers in Penang. Her foray into the industry makes for a curious anecdote: “When I was 16, a friend’s father who happened to be a kotai show organiser had a pre-show hiccup – he urgently needed an extra singer. This friend of mine knew that I could sing – I was previously in the school choir – and persuaded me to perform.”
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