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Nakhi Music Transcription

What is yunwei in Nakhi music?
Transcription of music remnants that survived Cultural Revolution

Nakhi (Naxi) people are a minority group living in Yun Nan, China under the Yu Long mountain. For thousands of years, they have made their instruments, composed music, choreographed dances, and gradually formed their unique culture. For funeral ceremonies, Nakhi villagers composed Baisha Xi music according to the tragedy of Dragon princess. The classical Confucius string music mourned over the Dragon princess' agony as her father imprisoned her and attacked her husband's territory. Influenced by Taoism ideologies, the Nakhi people also composed DongJing music, presenting and performing the Taoist classic "Wenchang Cave scriptures." By singing DongJing music, the Nakhi people worshipped and praised the spirits' power and revelation. 

During the Cultural Revolution, many Nakhi musicians were persecuted and imprisoned, and most music pieces were lost. dongjing and baishaxi music, traditional gongche music notation, and handicrafts of Nakhi traditional instruments were no longer be inherited. However, as the Reform and Opening policy was out, the Nakhi people, including villagers from QingXi, BaiSha village, and townsmen from Dayan ancient cities, started to rebuild Nakhi ensembles and fight to preserve Na Xi ancient music. In his ailing health, Xuan Ke, who was imprisoned during the Cultural Revolution and is now 90 years old, continued to rehearse with Naxi ensembles, ensuring the Naxi music is never lost.


Naxi music foundation is dedicated to aiding Xuanke and other Nakhi musicians in their fight to preserve their music. Our mission is not only to safeguard the Nakhi ancient music by filming documentaries, digitalizing Nakhi music written in Gongche notation, organizing Nakhi music workshops for Nakhi children in Yun Nan, but also raises the question of how can the culture of minority groups around the world survive under the rapid modernization and globalization. As individuals and global citizens, how can we take action to preserve our world's beautiful diversity and our unique culture?

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music and instruments, these extraordinary Nakhi musicians, and their touching stories.

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