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Swaziland princess loves Chinese-language songs

2012/06/12 22:10:26

Taipei, June 12 (CNA) Visiting Princess Sikhanyiso Dlamini of the Kingdom of Swaziland is an easygoing member of the royal member who not only loves to sing, but can sing a few Chinese-language songs.

In an interview with CNA on Tuesday, Dlamini agreed to sing a love song and a nursery song at the request of the reporter.

"I like the melody," she said, referring to the love song by Andy Lau that was popular in the 1990s.

Asked where she learned to sing Chinese-language songs, Dlamini said her family had a Chinese cook who came to Swaziland to teach the queens to make dishes. The cook also taught her to speak Chinese and sing a few songs in the language.

The 25-year-old recognizes the increasing importance of the Chinese language.

Dlamini, who recently received a master's degree in digital communication from the University of Sydney in May, noted that most of the communications products are manufactured in Asia and that the Chinese language is important for the business of communications.

Taiwan is also one of the leading technology producers, she said, adding that she loves HTC. The Taiwan-based HTC Corp. is the world's No. 5 smartphone vendor.

"I've had three consecutive HTC phones," said the princess, who is also a board member of a mobile communications company in Swaziland.

Dlamini, who is on a five-day trip to Taiwan that will wrap up on June 15, also expressed hope that Taiwan and Swaziland will expand cooperation in mobile communications.

For example, she said, Taiwanese companies can set up facilities where they can teach Swazi people how to assemble digital products.

Dlamini is set to visit universities, arts facilities and media organizations to promote cultural exchanges between the two countries.

Her visit came at a time when Taiwan has been suffering torrential rainfall, but that did not dampen her love for the country.

"I love the rain, the humidity," she said. "That with the food, this is just paradise."

(By Elaine Hou and I-Ling Chen)