1. HipHop: Higher Brothers
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  3. Moon festival
  4. Band: LOVEBITES
  5. Chinese Traditional clothing
  6. Double Concertreview: NECRONOMIDOL
  7. Restaurant: Kimchi House – Den Haag with +20 years KPOP fans
  8. Review: Wish
  9. Toreba: a new way to play crane games!
  10. The city of sea and sake: Niigata
  11. Book: The White Book
  12. Restaurant Review: Daikan – Izakaya Bar
  13. Artist: Busters (버스터즈)
  14. Restaurant: Mr Chow – Schiedam x2
  15. Cheki: the addiction in Japan
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  18. Crossfaith in Amsterdam
  19. The Nation´s MC: Yoo Jae Suk
  20. Produce 101 China
  21. Crossfaith (interview)
  22. Special: BTS ARMY (interview)
  23. Food: Ramen
  24. Artist: Jackson Wang
  25. Special: BTSXARMY
  26. SPECIAL: BTS
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  28. Shanghai Natural History Museum
  29. 10 years of SHINee
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  34. Hotel: EA Springs Nanjing
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  48. CinemAsia Amsterdam
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  55. Jinjiang actionpark Shanghai
  56. Boygroup: Day6
  57. Drama Review: Last Friend
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  61. Valentine’s day in Japan
  62. Terracotta Army
  63. Beauty in Korea
  64. Review: Sapporo – Japan’s oldest beer brand
  65. Chinese New Year
  66. UPDATED Artist: HOLLAND
  67. Review: Snackfever subscription
  68. Cat Cafe
  69. Religion in China
  70. Movie Review: A Werewolf Boy
  71. Review: Asahi Dry Beer
  72. ONE OK ROCK in Amsterdam
  73. Review: Kaomoji
  74. Chopsticks
  75. Drama Review: Save Me
  76. LGBT in Japan
  77. Artist: Zhao Lei
  78. The power of BB Cream
  79. Band: ONE OK ROCK
  80. LGBT in China
  81. Drama Review: The Sound Of Your Heart
  82. Review: Kirin Ichiban
  83. Rental bikes
  84. Drama Review: Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
  85. Movie Review: Before We Vanish
  86. Neko Neko Nii Maid Café: Halloween Pop up event
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  89. Japanese street food
  90. Shanghai Disney Resort (Halloween)
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  92. Boygroup: SF9
  93. Shanghai Comic convention 2017
  94. Izanagi & Izanami
  95. 8 Creepy Chinese Legends
  96. F.T.Island Live [X] Concert in Amsterdam
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  100. 10 Creepy Korean Legends
  101. Movie Review: The house of the disappeared
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  103. 10 Creepy Japanese Legends
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  109. Movie Review: Noise
  110. Heungbu and Nolbu
  111. Konpeitō
  112. Yellow River Valley Civilization
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  114. Restaurant Review: Takumi Dusseldorf – Rotterdam
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  117. Boyband: NEWS
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Wednesday, September 19, 2018
  1. HipHop: Higher Brothers
  2. Album: Ex_Machina – CROSSFAITH
  3. Moon festival
  4. Band: LOVEBITES
  5. Chinese Traditional clothing
  6. Double Concertreview: NECRONOMIDOL
  7. Restaurant: Kimchi House – Den Haag with +20 years KPOP fans
  8. Review: Wish
  9. Toreba: a new way to play crane games!
  10. The city of sea and sake: Niigata
  11. Book: The White Book
  12. Restaurant Review: Daikan – Izakaya Bar
  13. Artist: Busters (버스터즈)
  14. Restaurant: Mr Chow – Schiedam x2
  15. Cheki: the addiction in Japan
  16. CASS Strictly Kpop #8
  17. Artist: Hanggai
  18. Crossfaith in Amsterdam
  19. The Nation´s MC: Yoo Jae Suk
  20. Produce 101 China
  21. Crossfaith (interview)
  22. Special: BTS ARMY (interview)
  23. Food: Ramen
  24. Artist: Jackson Wang
  25. Special: BTSXARMY
  26. SPECIAL: BTS
  27. Movie: The Stand in Thief
  28. Shanghai Natural History Museum
  29. 10 years of SHINee
  30. Drama review: Erased
  31. Movie: Once Upon a Time
  32. Review: Doshirakfever Subscriptionbox
  33. Artist: Miyavi
  34. Hotel: EA Springs Nanjing
  35. 10 Korean Proverbs
  36. What you need to know about Ni no Kuni 2
  37. Restaurant: Kommune Shanghai
  38. Quality K-indie rock music: Say Sue Me
  39. Restaurant: Takumi revisited
  40. Taikang Lu – Tianzifang
  41. Movie Review: Hide and Never Seek
  42. TV: Terrace House Series: Opening new doors
  43. Restaurant Review: Oriental Express
  44. Restaurant Review: Kimchi Boulevard
  45. Religion in Japan
  46. C-Pop
  47. Documentary review: Ramen Heads – ラーメンヘッズ
  48. CinemAsia Amsterdam
  49. Movie review: Last Child – 살아남은 아이
  50. Boygroup: GOT7
  51. Artist: BABYMETAL
  52. Online shopping in China
  53. Restaurant Review: Seoul Sista
  54. Review: Doki Doki Japan Crate
  55. Jinjiang actionpark Shanghai
  56. Boygroup: Day6
  57. Drama Review: Last Friend
  58. Valentine’s day in China
  59. 12 Days of Love in Korea
  60. Valentine’s day in Korea
  61. Valentine’s day in Japan
  62. Terracotta Army
  63. Beauty in Korea
  64. Review: Sapporo – Japan’s oldest beer brand
  65. Chinese New Year
  66. UPDATED Artist: HOLLAND
  67. Review: Snackfever subscription
  68. Cat Cafe
  69. Religion in China
  70. Movie Review: A Werewolf Boy
  71. Review: Asahi Dry Beer
  72. ONE OK ROCK in Amsterdam
  73. Review: Kaomoji
  74. Chopsticks
  75. Drama Review: Save Me
  76. LGBT in Japan
  77. Artist: Zhao Lei
  78. The power of BB Cream
  79. Band: ONE OK ROCK
  80. LGBT in China
  81. Drama Review: The Sound Of Your Heart
  82. Review: Kirin Ichiban
  83. Rental bikes
  84. Drama Review: Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
  85. Movie Review: Before We Vanish
  86. Neko Neko Nii Maid Café: Halloween Pop up event
  87. The Three Sovereigns
  88. LGTB in South Korea
  89. Japanese street food
  90. Shanghai Disney Resort (Halloween)
  91. Mumun Pottery
  92. Boygroup: SF9
  93. Shanghai Comic convention 2017
  94. Izanagi & Izanami
  95. 8 Creepy Chinese Legends
  96. F.T.Island Live [X] Concert in Amsterdam
  97. Movie Review: Alice: Boy From Wonderland
  98. Movie Review: Ichi the Killer
  99. Movie Review: The Precipice Game
  100. 10 Creepy Korean Legends
  101. Movie Review: The house of the disappeared
  102. Halloween in Japan
  103. 10 Creepy Japanese Legends
  104. Halloween in China
  105. Halloween in Korea
  106. Social Media in China? No!
  107. G-Dragon’s World tour Act lll Motte Concert in Amsterdam
  108. Camera Japan Festival
  109. Movie Review: Noise
  110. Heungbu and Nolbu
  111. Konpeitō
  112. Yellow River Valley Civilization
  113. Chinese Street Food
  114. Restaurant Review: Takumi Dusseldorf – Rotterdam
  115. Restaurant review: Set Noodle & Hotpot – Maid cafe edition
  116. Jeulmun Pottery
  117. Boyband: NEWS
  118. Recipe: Sesame Cold noodles
  119. Wild KARD World Tour Lisbon
  120. Recipe: Noodles with a twist
  121. Movie Review: 10 Promises to my dog
  122. Review: Hite
  123. The Rising Sun Flag
  124. Movie Review: Ode to my father
  125. Drama review: Hwarang
  126. Why Koreans “hate” Japanese..
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You might say, Mongolia? that’s not China! and I agree, it is absolutely not China but these couple of men are actually based and signed in Beijing China. They’re one of my big passions and they made me love China even more. So today I’m going to introduce you to Mongolian folk music of the band Hanggai, hoping to inspire you just as much as they inspire me.

Hanggai is a band who frequented The Netherlands for many years, Though I haven’t seen them for quite some time now. I first came in contact with them when I was living in Shanghai myself and they had invited a Spanish band called La Pegatina ( I had fallen in love with 6 months before) to tour with them. I was a little bit sceptical when they came on stage, They wear full on Mongolian traditional clothes and they mixed the folk music with rock. It took me less than half a song to fall absolutely in love with them. Their energy and the way the people reacted on their music infected me beyond believe and I was blown away.

Hanggai
The term “Hanggai” itself is a Mongolian word referring to an idealized natural landscape of sprawling grasslands, mountains, rivers, trees, and blue skies. The band was created when leader Ilchi, captivated by the sound of throat singing and wanting to rediscover his ethnic heritage, travelled to Inner Mongolia to learn the art. It was there that he met fellow band members Hugejiltu and Bagen.

The members of Hanggai Band come from diverse backgrounds with singer Ilchi having once been the front man of punk band T9 and their musical influences ranging from old rock artists to traditional Chinese and Mongol music. These eclectic experiences have come together to give Hanggai Band a particularly unique sound blending Mongolian folk music with more popular forms such as punk. Though the core sound of their music is based of traditional instruments (the Morin Khuur and the Topshur), the Mongolian way of singing and throat singing (a Mongolian technique in which the artist emits two different pitches at the same time). They’re able to incorporate their different backgrounds and music preferences into their music to create their own unique sound. In their each albums, the band also made heavy use of electric guitars, computer programming, bass, and banjos in order to create a more seamless and modern sound.

Members
Yiliqi (Ilchi) – vocals, tobshuur
Yilalata (Ileta/Sheng Li) – vocals, guitar
Batubagen (Bagen) – vocals (throat singing), morin khuur
Hurizha (Hurcha) – vocals
Ailun (Allen) – guitar
Niu Xin – bass
Meng Da – percussion

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L to R: Ailun (Allen) – Yilalata (Ileta/Sheng Li) – Meng Da – Hurizha (Hurcha) – Niu Xin – Batubagen (Bagen) – Yiliqi (Ilchi).

Morin Khuur, Topshur and Throat singing

(Information from wikipedia)

The topshur (топшур) is a two-stringed lute played by the Western Mongolian tribes called the Altai Urianghais, the Altais, and the Tuvans.  The topshur is closely tied to the folklore of Western Mongolian people and accompanied the performances of storytellers, singing, and dancing.  According to descriptions given by Marco Polo, the Mongols also played the instruments before a battle. All topshur are homemade and because of this, the materials and shape of the topshur vary depending on the builder and the region. For example, depending on the tribe, the string might be made of horsehair or sheep intestine. The body of the topshur is bowl shaped and usually covered in tight animal skin.

If you’d look at it from an unknown’s eyes, it’s kind of like a small, traditional fat guitar.. Check the video below, two of them are being played and Bagen is playing the Morin Khuur.

The morin khuur (морин хуур), also known as the horsehead fiddle, is a traditional Mongolian bowed stringed instrument. It is one of the most important musical instruments of the Mongol people, and is considered a symbol of the Mongolian nation. The morin khuur is one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity identified by UNESCO.

The instrument consists of a trapeziform wooden-framed sound box to which two strings are attached. It is held nearly upright with the sound box in the musician’s lap or between the musician’s legs. The strings are made from hairs from nylon or horses’ tails,[2] strung parallel, and run over a wooden bridge on the body up a long neck, past a second smaller bridge, to the two tuning pegs in the scroll, which is usually carved into the form of a horse’s head.

Morin khuur vary in form depending on region. Instruments from central Mongolia tend to have larger bodies and thus possess more volume than the smaller-bodied instruments of Inner Mongolia. Also the Inner Mongolian instruments have mostly mechanics for tightening the strings, where Mongolian luthiers mostly use wooden pegs in a slightly conic shape. In Tuva, the morin khuur is sometimes used in place of the igil.

Mongolian throat singing is one particular variant of overtone singing practiced by people in Mongolia, Inner Mongolia, Tuva and Siberia. It is inscribed in 2009 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO, under the name Mongolian art of singing, Khoomei.

In Mongolian throat singing, the performer produces a fundamental pitch and—simultaneously—one or more pitches over that. The history of Mongolian throat singing reaches far back. Many male herders can throat sing, but women are beginning to practice the technique as well. The popularity of throat singing among Mongolians seems to have arisen as a result of geographic location and culture. The open landscape of Mongolia allows for the sounds to carry a great distance. Ethnomusicologists studying throat singing in these areas mark khoomei as an integral part in the ancient pastoral animism that is still practiced today. Often, singers travel far into the countryside looking for the right river, or go up to the steppes of the mountainside to create the proper environment for throat-singing.

The animistic world view of this region identifies the spirituality of objects in nature, not just in their shape or location, but in their sound as well. Thus, human mimicry of nature’s sounds is seen as the root of throat singing. An example of this is the Mongolian story of the waterfall above the Buyant Göl (Deer River in Tuvan), where mysterious harmonic sounds are said to have attracted deer to bask in the waters, and where it is said harmonic sounds were first revealed to people. Indeed, the cultures in this part of Asia have developed many instruments and techniques to mimic the sounds of animals, wind, and water. While the cultures of this region share throat singing, their styles vary in breadth of development.

Discography

  • Hanggai (Beijing Dongfang Yingyin, 1 April 2007)
  • Introducing Hanggai (World Music Network, 28 July 2008)
  • He Who Travels Far (World Connection, 18 October 2010)
  • Four Seasons (Starsing Records, 1 May 2012)
  • Baifang (Harlem Recordings, 7 February 2014)
  • Horse Of Colors (Tian Hao Entertainment, 9 May 2016)
  • Homeland (Tian Hao Entertainment, 5 December 2017)

Social media
https://www.facebook.com/hanggai/
http://www.youtube.com/Hanggaiband

Opinion
I have to be honest and say, Hanggai isn’t for everyone. I’ve showed them to multiple people who were absolutely not able to get into it, I’d tell them “Just go see them play live” there’s nothing better than seeing a certain artist play live. Especially them, their music reaches every bit of your body and for me the Morin Khuur sends goosebumps flying across every bit of my body. As someone who is incredibly conscious about everything going on around me, from people moving to looks being given, I get lost in their sound. It sounds cliché but that’s what they do to me. Their slow traditional songs but also their rock side.

Besides from that, these guys are one of the most nice and approachable people you can imagine. Even though it’s hard to communicate since english isn’t their strongest point. At least not when I had the chance to see them live. They remembered me every single time and hugs and chats were plenty.

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