China’s oldest style of rock music, “Huayin Laoqiang”

The heat of the CCTV Spring Festival Gala is still continuing after three days, especially for one of the most favorite performances in the gala. The performance featured a solo by pop singer Tan Weiwei, who performed with the folk art band, Huayin Laoqiang. The performance showcased Laoqiang, a folk art form that originated in Huayin of the northwestern Shaanxi Province in the 18th century. It features high pitch singing, accompanied by a band of traditional Chinese instruments in dynamic rhythms and beats. It has been listed among China’s intangible cultural heritages and often described as the oldest Chinese version of rock music.

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