Media release, 23 February 2010
With their roots straddling punk rock and Mongolian drinking songs, the popular Beijing group Hanggai will certainly be one of the big highlights at the 11th Auckland Lantern Festival this weekend.
The five member group is a favourite on the international World Music circuit with its specialist repertoire of songs that include throat singing, rock and traditional instruments and colourful Mongolian dress.
Hanggai will be performing on all three nights at the Auckland Lantern Festival together with a host of other performers from mainland China as well as local Chinese groups.
The Festival is held by the Asia New Zealand Foundation in partnership with Auckland City and takes place in downtown Albert Park from Friday February 26 to Sunday February 28.
What the critics have said about Hanggai: “Distills everything powerful about Mongolian folk music and makes something new from the ingredients … transcendently powerful music that anyone from anywhere can understand.” (Pitchfork)
“So entrancing or just downright enthralling that I just can’t imagine why the tradition ever fell out of fashion… charming, raucous, brilliantly jubilant and a breath of fresh Mongolian grassland.” (World Music Central)
Hanggai are Hurcha on vocals, Ilchi on two-stringed lute, Hugiltu on horse head fiddle, Li Dan on percussion, Xu Jingchen on guitar/banjo and Wu Junde on bass.