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January 11, 2011

Warriors of Folk

Filed under: Uncategorized — kylelawrence @ 4:02 pm

Hanggai revive long lost Mongolian song styles. By Kyle Mullin for The Beijing Review Online, Nov. 18 2010

It rumbles like an earthquake, the foreboding growl threatening to shake us all to our very cores.

Mongolian throat singing may be a nearly-forgotten art form, but one Chinese band is hell-bent on breathing new life into the thunderous tradition. Fans of experimental folk music can bear witness to that resuscitation on November 24 at Yugong Yishan, where Hanggai will unleash its haunting, bristling rhythms.

The members of Hanggai root their ragged punk anthems in the conventions of their ancestors’ folk songs – using traditional throat singing styles, vintage banjos, two-stringed lutes, and lyrics about living honorably and toiling to live off the land, all in an effort to draw on the brawn of their culture’s warrior lineage.




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