‘How China’s Dong ethnic group saved their culture through music’

The Dong people in southwest China’s Guizhou Province believe rice nourishes the body and songs nourish the soul.

Their traditions are best embodied in the “Grand Song”, a multi-part singing feat without instrumental accompaniments or a conductor. The polyphonic music that has been sung for over 2,500 years tells stories from history, extols nature and romance, and promotes moral customs. It joined UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Culture Heritage of Humanity in 2009.

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