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Friday Song

Friday Song: The jazz and hip-hop of Dabozz

She’s alternative, free-spirited, and unpredictable. In 2016, Dabozz 大包子 resigned from her job at a state-owned financial institution to pursue…

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Friday Song: Mao Zedong said ‘Change must come through the barrel of a gun’

Mao Zedong didn’t say that, of course. He said “枪杆子里面出政权” (qiānggǎnzi lǐmiàn chū zhèngquán) — Political power grows out of the barrel…

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Friday Song: Leslie Cheung, ‘I Am What I Am’

It’s very early on a Sunday morning. It’s 2006, I think. I’m in a grotty KTV somewhere beneath the streets…

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Friday Song: In the spirit of May 4, an animation by Pi San

Controversial artist Pi San 皮三 isn’t known to hold back punches. Check out this gory, searing satire, in which suffering, oppressed…

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Friday Song: Forward, forward! Sing into the night

I was scootering past Guangqumen Bridge just southeast of Beijing Railway Station tonight when I encountered the scene above, a…

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Friday Song: ‘The Empty Chair,’ performed by Ah-Q Jazz Arkestra

Gonna let this Beijing jazz band play us out. Here’s Ah-Q Jazz Arkestra, featuring Matt Roberts on trombone, Liu Xiaoguang…

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Friday Song: Chen Li remains unextinguished, inextinguishable

She has been called China’s “first artist of the folk world” (“民谣界第一位”), but it would be somewhat inaccurate to simply…

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Friday Song: Life is unpredictable and love fades

情歌 (qínggē), “Love Song,” by Malaysian singer Fish Leong 梁靜茹, is a song about lovers and the memory of love,…

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Friday Song: Here’s Helen Feng of Nova Heart

Helen Feng, the Queen of Beijing Rock, the “Blondie of China,” has been making waves in the Chinese music scene…

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Friday Song: Spring is here

You might disagree if you live in the northeastern part of the United States, but spring has arrived. The birds…

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Friday Song: Hanggai — Drinking Song

It’s Friday night, basketball games are on, we’re happy, and we’ve been drinking a little. Perhaps you should as well?…

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Friday Song: Jess Meider, guest on Tuesday’s Sinica Live Show

Jess Meider, who has been gracing jazz stages around China for 20 years, will be joining David Moser and myself…

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Friday Song: Who owns ‘Bloodstained Glory,’ the dissidents or the patriots?

“Bloodstained Glory” is inconceivable: a song claimed by China’s most zealous patriots and its most ardent dissidents as representing both…

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Friday Song: MC Jin — ‘Chinese New Year’

Before Bohan Phoenix, before Higher Brothers or GAI or PG One or any number of Chinese rappers, there was Miami-born…

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Friday Song: Happy New Year, from a lotta good dogs

新年快乐,恭喜发财,万事如意 (xīnnián kuàilè, gōngxǐ fācái, wànshì rúyì) Happy New Year, may you be prosperous in the days to come. All…

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