To most people outside China,
music falls into three broad
outdated "East is Red" style
classical music with exotic
strange sounding vocals,
or "banned in
Beijing" hard rock with
biting political lyrics.
This last image remains the
The biggest, best-known
outside China is still Cui
Jian, the symbol
of the 1989 student demonstrations.
hard-edged, political lyrics
mixed well with
the metal and punk influences
typified the Beijing rock
Cui Jian is still a big
to a huge crowd in New York's
late summer 1999.
And Tang Dynsasty,
another big Chinese rock band of
1980s, is still playing (somewhere).
But the old days of the Beijing
are gone forever.
In their place is a dynamic
blend of new Chinese music
that mirrors the
complexities and contradictions
From clubby dance grooves, moody
and garage-band thrash to
mandopop or old-style punk,
in China today is exploring and
sounds from all corners of
and the world. China Soundz
is a brief introduction to
music scene today.
Music from China!
any major music website for Chinese music
and you will get traditional bamboo flute
serenades, if you get anything at all.
Yet China has one of the most dynamic music
scenes in Asia and the world today.
Hi-Fi at the House of Blues Cleveland
on April 2!
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White Spoon's Spoon Studio
Spoon Studio is White Spoon
is He Jiong Di. The sound is classified as world fusion.
His varied influences include
traditional/classical even easy-listening.
that punk-style rock is alive and well, Digital Records is the first on-line
Chinese recording label. Try "Lonely Girl", it's not what you expect.
Parental advisory on lyrics.
Hear her sing:
Wei Wei Superstar
The most popular singer in China, she has sold over 100 million records and is a regular on TV and movies. Is she the Celine Dion of China?
Check out "I Believe in China", kitschy but pretty.
Electronica from the capital of Sichuan province, the band lists the Pet Shop Boys among influences and has an early 80s Euro sound.
Categorized as world fusion and trance, A-DO's smooth sophisticated chords and beats have a real East Asian flair. From Hangzhou, Zhejiang province.
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