I recently read a nice post at Boston Progress Radio about the R&B group, Kai. Do you remember Kai? Kai, as in "kaibigan" ("friendship" in Tagalog). The group, composed of four Filipinos and a Chinese dude, was popular back in the day.
Giles Li writes about an encounter with them when they were still a group, as part of BPR's "Appreciation" feature. It's nice to reminisce about stuff from the past. And though I never met them, thinking about "Say You'll Stay" (it's amazing, I remember most of the lyrics!) brings back memories.
It's a good song and those were good times. Kai and other groups back then paved the way for younger generations of Asian American singers, by just being out there. Now, when I go to myspace and youtube, I get dizzy from seeing how many more Asian American singers and groups are out there compared to the past. It's great see and hear these new faces and voices, but thinking about the older generation makes me feel proud (maybe because I'm getting older too) of them, and wonder what they're up to nowadays.
I also remember the group Pinay, who were also popular around the same time. What happened to all of them?
Do you all remember Kai? What are some other groups like them that make you wonder, hmm, where are they now? Maybe we'll do something on older API bands and a "where are they now" feature for the blog or magazine.