Sinology Sunday: Tan Weiwei’s folk rock

Here’s a look at Tan Weiwei’s flawless original and cover performances that combines rock, musicals, and traditional Chinese music forms. Many of those songs are helped by arrangements by the incredibly talented Liu Zhou and rock legend Cui Jian.

Counting People 数人玩 takes inspirations from  Suzhou Pingtan. The song is originally by Xiban Band, which combines Suzhounese pingtan, Chinese opera, and Mongolian sounds.

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Sing My Song 中国好歌曲 and What It Means for the Chinese Indie Music Industry

I get goosebumps every single time. I’ll bet my all she’s going to win Season 2. Also, the ladies are totally owning Season 2, which is so great.

As people go wild over this season’s I Am A Singer and sob over Han Hong, the second season of the lesser known Sing My Song (or Song of China) just hit the halfway mark. I think this is a show that’s even more important than it realizes, for the platform it provides for underground musicians and even more so, the culture of appreciation for diversity, creativity and individuality that opens up the indie music scene to viewers.

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China’s Modern Sky Music Festival Hitting Up NYC This October!

For the first time since it started in 2007, China’s Modern Sky Music Festival is heading out of the country and coming to the US. Managed by the indie label Modern Sky Entertainment, which includes artists such as Carsick Cars and PK14 under its name, it is the largest music festival in China.

International and Chinese artists will be playing on Oct 4th and 5th at New York’s Central Park.

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The Comeback of a Lifetime – Luo Qi’s “Return”

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China’s No. 1 female rock vocalist in the 1980s returns to the limelight with a life story worthy of a biopic.

This January, the second season of “I Am a Singer” returned with seven big name celebrities who call from the 60s to the 00s, including Gary Cao, Bibi Zhou, G.E.M. Tang, but the lady with the powerhouse vocals that has captured the hearts and tears of Chinese viewers is Luo Qi.

On January 10th, Luo Qi performed a stirring cover of Zhang Yusheng’s “我期待”. Standing on the stage in a shining black dress, her explosive tresses falling on her shoulders, her eyes closed, she sings: Say goodbye, Say goodbye/Back and forth, over and over again/ Say goodbye say goodbye/ Throw my shoulders back my head held high/ Without any regret”

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Music Monday: December 23, 2013

Here to make Monday a little easier =)
Here to make Monday a little easier =)

This Music Monday include: Newage pianist Vanros Kloud (V.K克), actor-turn-sing-turn-MC Ray Zhang Rui, the beautiful Jikejuanyi (吉克隽逸), cute little Zhou Ziyan, the powerful vocal of Huang Qishan, comedian acapella party group Panda Bros, glam rock band Lilith, zhong guo feng girl group Seven Sense trying something new, underage boys and girls from TF Family and Blog Girls.

Jin Zhiwen (金志文) and Guan Zhe (关喆) – Old Friends Diary.
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Speak of the devil: Super VC new album to be released

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Soon after publishing the post on band Super VC, I received an email today informing me that Super VC just announced on their Douban page an upcoming album 8 months in the making. No details announced as yet, just some bones to keep the fans wagging!

The announcement also linked followers to frontman Sun Lingsheng’s Weibo, where he tweeted a poll asking people to vote for the songs in the album that seem the most awesome based purely on song title. In case you’re curious, we’re putting the poll here on Cfensi, with the 12 song track-list. (more…)

Rocker Xie Tian Xiao gives you Chinese Zither Reggae Vol 1

This post is a bit late too, sorry!

On Dec 24th  Xie Tian Xiao  (incidentally also from Shandong for those keeping tally) gave his fans a memorable Christmas Eve, coinciding with the release of his new EP  Chinese Zither Reggae Vol 1, with four new songs.  XTX, who started off grunge,  influenced by Bob Marley later became fascinated with reggae, and incorporated it into his latter albums.  In this new EP  he blended in  zither instruments like the Gu Qin to create a style of  “Chinese reggae”.  A full album of “Chinese Zither Reggae” is in the works to be released later.

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Kimi’s MV for Window of Dreams

I wasn’t whether I should wait for Kimi’s other two MVs to post  but I decided to anyway because thematically, this MV is different from the others. This one reflects Kimi’s deal with promoting Windows 7 in the China market, which might give some knee-jerk reaction, but commercialism is rather embedded in Asian pop culture, even for rock bands (see Mayday’s Fang Si). It also got Kimi appearances on Hunan TV, promotion he needs because Chengtian reportedly spent a ton on perfecting the album.

Mini Pic-spam below of Kimi from his release because he has such pretty Chinese Opera-like features that always makes me stare.

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