The Last Opera: White Haired Girl 2011 (Happy Birthday!)


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In a typically “birthday-present” mode, Wang Kun and the PLA went all out last summer to produce a nec plus ultra version of (new) China’s “first” opera:, White Haired Girl (1945). The occasion (in ancestral birthday terms) was the 90th … Continue reading

Referencing or Reproducing? Dancing about South Asia..


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The New World of World Dance in China: Dadawa in India, 2006 Once upon a time, in the early 1960s, there was in China a officialized version of what might be called “3rd world” (Bandung bloc defined) dance cadre, anchored … Continue reading

South of Tibet: Dadawa, Angel-voices, and Prof. He in Hindi-land


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Beyond Tibet: a Re-Partnering beyond the Himalayas Mix from He Xuntian album, 2008, Rulai ruqu, Taiwan) … and I had thought it (“Chinese” world music, hopes for cross-border fusion) had ended with Yangjinma (1996-7), the last child born of the … Continue reading

A Shaman’s Travels and Cross-Straights Pingpong (Chapt II)


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Illustration: (left clockwise) 1. Her blogsite background photo 2. Family portrait, 2 brothers, one younger sister 3. Off to Taiwan, Dec. 2011, part of county music group 4. Taibei: 莺歌陶瓷博物馆 Yingge Ceramics Museum (??) 5. In front of Sun Yatsen … Continue reading

A “Folk” Fusion Sound and New Age Vocal Timbre


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Illustrations: New Age and Bocellic Angelism (1) Dadawa (Yangjinma album), 1997: (2) Charlotte Church, Panis Angelicus (3) Enya, “Angeles”, ca. 1990 NEW AGE music surfaced in China almost independently (arguably in 1992), was “global” even before it was domestically popular … Continue reading