The music included in this recordingfirst made by China Record Company in the 1950spresents a very lively picture of music life in China during the mid-20th century. China is a multicultural country of 56 officially recorded peoples, with Han Chinese making up 92% of the current population and 55 national minorities scattered over 50% to 60% of the country’s vast land. Many minorities have distinctive languages, religions, customs, economic structure, and physical features. This colorful collection features the diverse music styles of four major ethnic minorities in China: the Uighurs and the Kazakhs of the Tarim Basin, the Mongols of the Northern Plateau, and the Dongs of the Southwestern Mountains. Liner notes include the main idea of each piece and background information on the music genres and the ethnic groups.
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