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NaXi music 

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

During the Cultural Revolution, many NaXi musicians have been persecuted and imprisoned, and most of music pieces were lost. Dongjing and Bai Sha Xi music, traditional Gong Che music notation, and handicraft of Naxi traditional instruments were no longer being inherited. However, as the Reform and Opening policy was out, Naxi people, including villagers from QingXi, BaiSha village, and townsmen from Dayan ancient cities started to rebuild Naxi ensembles and fight for the preservation of Na Xi ancient music. Xuan Ke, who was imprisoned during the Cultural revolution and is now 90 years old, in his ailing health, continued to rehearse with Naxi ensembles, ensuring the Naxi music is never lost.


Naxi music foundation is dedicated to aid Xuan Ke and other NaXi musicians in their fight for the preservation of their music. Our mission is to not only to preserve the NaXi ancient music by filming documentaries, digitalizing NaXi music written in Gongche notation, organizing NaXi music workshops for NaXi children in Yun Nan, but also raise the question about 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 actions to preserve the beautiful diversity of our world, and preserve our own unique culture. Please take time to learn about NaXi music and instruments, these extraordinary NaXi musicians and their touching stories.

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