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Music

During coronavirus, China’s music industry finds creative ways to keep going

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in China has resulted in the cessation of a number of cultural activities…

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‘Hand in Hand’ is bringing children’s music to China (and adults also love it)

“Children’s music” doesn’t have to be simply nursery rhymes or folk songs. As our correspondent Rebecca Kanthor and her husband…

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The most interesting Chinese bands of the 2010s

Pictured above, from left to right: Dawanggang, South Acid Mimi, Chui Wan. (Below image arranged by Derek Zhang.) A challenging…

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China embraced Western classical music because it was superior

This week’s Kuora comes from two of Kaiser’s answers, originally posted to Quora on December 19, 2014: Why did Western classical music catch…

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70 songs for 70 years of the People’s Republic of China

This post originally appeared on Medium and is republished here, with edits, with the author’s permission. A song for each year of…

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Justin Bieber joins Weibo. Is his China ban lifted?

Hey, Justin Bieber is on Chinese social media! The Canadian mega pop star was banned from performing in China in 2017…

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ABRSM music exams suspended in four Chinese cities

One of the more depressing features of the Xí Jìnpíng 习近平 era is the progressively tightening restrictions on academic freedom,…

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The allure (and hazards) of going international: Higher Brothers’ Five Stars, reviewed

Five Stars, the second full-length album by Chengdu’s Higher Brothers, sees the foursome attempt to solidify their status as international…

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Year of the Dog in live music: 21 bands that rocked Beijing in 2018

Photos by Joseph Chen Three venue showrunners in China’s capital pick their favorite local acts from the past year.  …

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Mingbai: They sing, China listens — four pop stars all Chinese know

Mingbai (明白, meaning “understand”), written by Christian Føhrby and Deng Jie, is a newsletter that drops knowledge on things “everyone in China…

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Unusual music instruments!

On Kuaishou, one of China’s most popular video-sharing platforms, a man performed music using a huge variety of homemade…

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And now, an amazing Chinese rendition of ‘Cell Block Tango’ (with translated lyrics)

This is the best thing we’ve seen on Chinese social media in a while: A song by Tú Yǒuqín 徒有琴,…

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666 pianos — playing at the same time!

This is what it looks like when 666 pianos are played simultaneously.

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The SupChina Quiz: Music in China

It’s the last Thursday of the month, which means it’s quiz time! Last month was Women in China. Today we present… Thirteen…

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When China embraced classical music: The Philadelphia Orchestra’s historic 1973 tour

They put up with half-hearted crowds and a demanding Madame Mao. But those who went on the 1973 China tour…

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