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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Mongolian Rock

The Jue Music & Art Festival is going on this month in Shanghai, bringing lots of cool bands to the city. The other night I caught the Beijing-based Mongolian rock band Hanggai (杭盖) at a local hole in the wall. Tickets were 50 RMB (about US $7) and beers were 20 RMB.

They were awesome! Their style is hard to describe. It was a mix of rock & traditional Mongolian sounds, including throat singing. It even had a lilty element to it which reminded me of Irish music. The audience (about half Chinese & half foreigners) was well-versed in their tunes, singing along & dancing happily.

This was my view of the show:

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