41.第 41 至 44 題為題組
In 2009, the Taiwu Elementary School Folk Singers were invited to perform in Belgium, France,
Germany, and Luxemburg. In 2011, they were voted as one of the world’s top five performance groups
by audiences of Japan Broadcasting Corporation’s Amazing Voice program.
Recalling the group’s first tour in Europe, Camake Valaule, a physical education teacher and the
founder of the Taiwu Elementary School Folk Singers, admitted that he felt very nervous. He was worried
that the audience would fall asleep since most of the 75-minute performance was a cappella, that is,
singing without instrumental sound. Surprisingly, the audience listened with full focus and high spirits.
Camake said, “They told me afterward that through our performance, they had a vision of our country,
our village, without having to visit it. This experience greatly boosted our confidence.”
According to Camake Valaule, singing traditional ballads has helped students and their parents to
re-understand their culture. “It used to be that the only ones who could sing these songs were tribal elders
aged between 50 and 60. Now with the children performing the pieces, parents are beginning to ask,
‘Why do we not know how to sing these ballads?’ Many times nowadays, it is the children who teach the
songs to their parents, putting back the pieces of a blurred memory.”
Winning international fame, however, was neither the original intention nor the main reason why
Camake founded the group in 2006. The most important thing was to make children understand why they
sing these songs and to preserve and pass on their culture. Referring to the relocation of Taiwu
Elementary School and Taiwu Village following Typhoon Morakot in August 2009, Camake said, “We
could not take the forest or our houses in the mountains with us; but we were able to bring our culture
along. As long as the children are willing to sing, I will always be there for them, singing with them and
leading them to experience the meaning of the ballads.”
【題組】41. Which of the following is true about Taiwu Elementary School Folk Singers?
(A) The group was first established in 2009.
(B) The group was founded by a PE teacher.
(C) The singers usually sing popular folk songs.
(D) The singers learn to sing from their parents.