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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.

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