Muqam is a performing art with its roots in the folklore of Xinjiang. Rather like an encyclopaedia, Muqam is a record of the history and lifestyle of the local Uyghur people. It originated in folk culture, with lyrics that covered everything, from philosophical aphorisms to folk tales. Muqam is a vehicle for Uyghur people to express their feelings and ideas. As such, it is an integral part of Xinjiang culture, and even the culture of the Silk Road.
In the episode, the host travels around the Kashgar area, learning about the history and art of Muqam.
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