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Legendary music diva Dadawa to captivate local audiences in October

September 7, 2010
September 2, 2010

Hong Kong (HKSAR) -- China's global diva Dadawa,
praised by the BBC as "the brightest star in
Chinese music", will stage alluring evenings of
ethereal voices for local audiences. Joined by
top ethnic musicians, the concert in the Hong
Kong Cultural Centre this October will be a
rapturous musical encounter. "Hear the
World¡DDadawa" in Concert 2010¡DHK is the opening
programme of the New Vision Arts Festival
organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

After its world premiere in Hong Kong, the
concert will be staged later at the National
Centre for Performing Arts and the Shanghai Grand
Theatre. As the winner of the Best World Fusion
Album in the USA's Independent Music Awards in
2008 and appointed a National Goodwill Ambassador
for China by the United Nations Development
Programme in 2009, Dadawa is one of the few
Chinese singers to have established a place on
the international contemporary music stage. She
has covered 20,000 kilometres on her musical
exploration tour, gathering songs and music from
areas as diverse as Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang, Tibet, Yunnan and Guizhou.

Her research, combined with innovative musical
arrangements, has produced fresh insights on how
traditional cultural forms can be revitalised for
today's world and for the future. Taking
inspiration from her experiences in China and
around the world, this concert finds Dadawa's
ethereal voice weaving a tantalising soundscape
with Chinese, Western and traditional instruments
in collaboration with ethnic and contemporary
musicians. Samplings collected from her
expeditions are rearranged with electronic music,
live instrumentation and vocals.

Inventive stage design and audio-visual effects
add to the dynamic multi-media presentation,
enabling the audience to experience the diverse
cultures of China such as Inner Mongolian love
songs and throat singing, the "flying songs" of
the Miao people from Guizhou, and the Muqam of
Dolan from Xinjiang. Born with a naturally
ethereal voice, Dadawa is a premiere female
vocalist. Her voice and dynamic musical style
combining East and West as well as ethnic sounds
have set a new direction for contemporary music.

In 1995, Dadawa's recording "Sister Drum" marked
a milestone in music not only in China but also
the world. The album received many special
honours internationally. It was named by the
British Q Magazine as one of the year's Top Five
World Music Recordings and was presented with the
Outstanding Recording Award by the American Recording Association.

In 1997, her album "Voices from the Sky" was
released in 65 countries and regions, covering
the five continents. At the same time, it was
televised on the MTV Channel in the USA for a
synchronised premiere in 81 countries, making her
only the fifth artist in the world to have such
an honour. In 2008, she won the Best World Fusion
Album in the USA's Independent Music Awards with her "Seven Days".

One of the most important figures in the
contemporary Chinese music scene, Dadawa has
fascinated audiences in the Lincoln Center,
Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Boston Symphony
Hall and the Royal Academy of Music in London.
"Hear the World¡DDadawa" in Concert 2010¡DHK will
be on October 15 and 16 at 7.30pm at the Hong
Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre. Tickets
priced at $360, $280, $200, $120 are now available at URBTIX.

Half-price tickets are available for full-time
students, senior citizens aged 60 and above,
people with disabilities and Comprehensive Social
Security Assistance recipients. Group booking and
package discounts of up to 20% are available. A
screening on "Selections from Hear the World ¡V
Dadawa's Chinese Ethnic Music Collection Tour"
will be held on September 19 at 2.30pm and
September 26 at 7.30pm at the Hong Kong Science Museum Lecture Hall.

Admission is free. Limited seats are available on
a first-come-first-served basis. Programme
brochures of the New Vision Arts Festival are
available at URBTIX outlets or at the website,

For programme enquiries, call 2370 1044.
Credit card telephone bookings: 2111 5999.
Internet bookings can be made at
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665
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