Si Qiang, literally "four tunes," is a form of folk music that reflect the social and romantic activities of the young men and women from the Yi ethnic group, which is spread across Eshan Yi Autonomous County, southwest China's Yunnan Province.
As a vital part of Yi folk music, it was included in the Intangible Cultural Heritage Protection List of Yunnan Province in 2013.
As the name suggests, Si Qiang have four singing tunes, which are distinctive but can be repeated in the same song. The lyrics are flexible and adapted per need.
Yunnan Province in southwest China boasts spectacular natural landscapes, biodiversity and diverse ethnic groups. Among China's 56 recognized ethnic groups, 25 are in Yunnan. This livestream series will take you on tour to six cities or autonomous prefectures in Yunnan to see the little-known food, scenery and folk customs. Stay tuned for our upcoming livestreams!
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