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2018 in Music: a Shortlist

2018 was an interesting and eventful year for Chinese music. The so-called « hip-hop ban », Freddy Lim and his band Chthonic banned from entering Hong Kong for a festival organized by Denise Ho, the Lil Pump scandal… But 2018 was also...

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“Sub Jam”, Yan Jun’s fanzine, 1998

It’s not the first time we talk about Yan Jun (颜峻). A rock critic and experimental musician from Lanzhou, Yan Jun was at the frontline of the Chinese “new sound movement” of the 1990s – like the title of a...

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[English] Remembering June 4th in Songs

The history of the Chinese 1989 democratic movement is also a musical story. Singers, mostly rockers, were mobilized in favor of the students, who often sing their songs during the protests. It’s now a cliché to remind that Cui Jian’s...

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“你有freestyle吗?” The Roots of Censorship in Chinese Hip-hop / Aux racines de la censure du hip-hop chinois

“你有freestyle吗?” (Do you freestyle?) The Roots of Censorship in Chinese Hip-hop Chinese hip-hop has recently received extensive coverage in the international media. Dozens of articles, published everywhere from the BBC to l’Express toTime, have attempted to explain the astonishing attempts by the...

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[English] Wuliao Jundui (无聊军队), 1999

If UnderBaby paved the way for punk music in China by offering the possibility for bands to rehearse in their Baihua’r hutong room, it’s the punk collective “Wuliao Jundui” (无聊军队 – namely the “Boredom Contingent”) that truly laid the foundations...