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Artiste Name: Kangta Ahn
Real Name: Ahn Chil Hyun
Birthdate: October 10, 1979 Lunar; 29th November 1979 [actual]
Birthplace: KyungBuk, South Korea
Blood Type: B
Family: Parents, one older sister and one older brother
Star Sign: Libra
Languages: Korean, Chinese, moderate English
Hobbies: Dancing, singing, collecting CDs, and listening to music
Favorite Color: Black
Favorite Food: Gae lan gook, chung gook jang
Favorite Music: Hip-hop, R&B, and rock
Favorite Artists: Yoo Young Jin, Babyface
Favorite Flower: Moo gung hwa. National flower of Korea. (Rose of Sharon, in eng. Botanical name: Hibiscus Syriacus L.) Mugunghwa literally means the flower of prosperity, symbolizing the infinite cycle of life.
The word "mugung" in Mugunghwa means "endless", and therefore it symbolizes the perpetuity of the country and people. The Mugunghwa is characterized by a tenacious vitality because it can bear the cold and blossoms one after another ceaselessly.Therefore, the flower may well represents the character of the Korean people who are generally reputed to be persevering and diligent.
Favorite Season: Winter
Education : Gil Dong Geum Gang Preschool
Oh Lyon Elementary
Oh Geum Junior High
Seoul Oh Geum High School
Dong Guk University
KangTa was previously in a korean boy band named "H.O.T" which also stands for "High-five of Teenagers". They were considered one of the hottest and first boy band in Korea during that time.
He was the first member to be discovered for H.O.T. The head producer of SM Town(famous Korea recording company) Lee Soo Man, discovered KangTa when he was playing in Lotte World with his friends. Although his father disapproved of him being a gasoo, he took up training at the age of 14. Initially, he began as a backdancer for the artist Yoo Young Jin. And not long after, another H.O.T member Moon Hee Jun was discovered and joined him as a backdancer as well. Soon, the other 3 members were discovered through various ways, and they formed the ever legendary kpop band H.O.T.
KangTa was the lead singer of the group and he showed not only just singing talents but composing talents as well. Sadly, H.O.T announced their breakup in mid-May 2001. Many of their die-hard fans found it very hard to accept as it was too sudden, causing a protest outside the company's building, hoping to bring H.O.T back together.
Moon Hee Jun and KangTa began their solo careers from then on while the other 3 (Tony Ahn, Jang Woo Hyuk and Lee Jae Won) joined another recording company to form another boy band also known as JTL.
KangTa participated in his first album production and the album Polaris, sold more than 15 million copies. KangTa won the MTV Asia Awards Best Korean Male Artist in 2002. From then till now, KangTa has never stopped producing good music. His second album Pinetree, did well in sales as well. He held his first ever concert in Korea in 2002. Which after that, he robed in 2 very good friends of his Shin Hye Sung and Lee Ji Hoon to form a band called "S". They are all from the 1979 Club where KangTa is the leader of the Club.
KangTa was honoured in Singapore by the first-ever MTV Awards in February 2002. He was one of the artistes who won an award that starry night, honoured by many of the best in the industry. He beat four other nominees - GOD, Shinhwa, Finkl and Yoo Seung Jun - to clinch the MTV's viewers award for favourite artiste of Korea!
12/01/2003 - E-news : KangTa was one of the artistes that won an award at 'Andre Kim's Best Artist Awards' held in Seoul on 08/01.
03/01/2003 - Congratulations to KangTa for winning these awards:
"2002 KMTV Korean Music Awards - Best Artist"
"2002 SBS Awards - Bon Sang"
"2002 KMTV ARS - Best Popularity"
"2002 KBS Music Awards - Bon Sang"
"2002 KBS - Best Radio MC"
"2002 MBC Awards - Bon Sang"
"2002 17th Golden Disk Awards - Bon Sang"
"2002 SBS Netizen Best"
"2005 MKMF - Overseas Viewer Award"
"2005 Award from Ministry of Foreign Affair and Trade"
"2006 Public Entertainment Field - Korea Ministry of Culture & Tourism"
"2006 Halyu Star - 13th Korean Ent Art Award"
"2006 Halyu Star - Seoul song award 2006"
He then went on to film a Taiwan drama where he got to act with taiwanese actors Ruby Lin and Alec Su. The drama "Magic Fate" is said to be released during mid-May 2005.
KangTa released his third album Persona, during mid-March 2005. His third album has been rated with high ratings and good reviews, with the song "Just One Day" as the Taiwanese drama theme song. He also acted in his first ever Korean drama, Loveholic.
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