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  1. ARTIST: EPIK HIGH (에픽하이)
  2. Game review: Super Smash Bros Ultimate
  3. Band: Madman’s Esprit
  4. Review: HuoGuo Mao CAI
  5. Band: Sokoninaru
  6. Group: WayV
  7. Korean Street Food
  8. Restaurant: M Noodle Bar
  9. We would like to wish you very happy Holidays!
  10. Restaurant: Ramen Brothers
  11. Interview: G.L.A.M.S
  12. Social Media: TikTok
  13. Concert review: GLAMS at Dolhuis Dordrecht
  14. Concert review: LOVEBITES at Patronaat
  15. Busan: A City Which Offers Everything From Beaches To Temples
  16. Empress Wu
  17. Game review: Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun!
  18. Review: Hallyucon
  19. Concert review: Crossfaith at Patronaat
  20. Concert Review: BTS at Amsterdam Ziggodome
  21. Interview: LOVEBITES
  22. Changgyeonggung: A Story Of Overcoming Disaster
  23. Band: TwinkleStar- 闪星乐队
  24. Review: AVO J-music Festival 2018
  25. Korean Skincare; The Way To Amazing Skin?
  26. Drama: Meteor Garden
  27. Concert review: Kamijo in Amsterdam
  28. Concert Review: Music Bank in Berlin
  29. HipHop: Higher Brothers
  30. Album: Ex_Machina – CROSSFAITH
  31. Moon festival
  32. Band: LOVEBITES
  33. Chinese Traditional clothing
  34. Double Concertreview: NECRONOMIDOL
  35. Restaurant: Kimchi House – Den Haag with +20 years KPOP fans
  36. Review: Wish
  37. Toreba: a new way to play crane games!
  38. The city of sea and sake: Niigata
  39. Book: The White Book
  40. Restaurant Review: Daikan – Izakaya Bar
  41. Artist: Busters (버스터즈)
  42. Restaurant: Mr Chow – Schiedam x2
  43. Cheki: the addiction in Japan
  44. CASS Strictly Kpop #8
  45. Artist: Hanggai
  46. Crossfaith in Amsterdam
  47. The Nation´s MC: Yoo Jae Suk
  48. Produce 101 China
  49. Crossfaith (interview)
  50. Special: BTS ARMY (interview)
  51. Food: Ramen
  52. Artist: Jackson Wang
  53. Special: BTSXARMY
  54. SPECIAL: BTS
  55. Movie: The Stand in Thief
  56. Shanghai Natural History Museum
  57. 10 years of SHINee
  58. Drama review: Erased
  59. Movie: Once Upon a Time
  60. Review: Doshirakfever Subscriptionbox
  61. Artist: Miyavi
  62. Hotel: EA Springs Nanjing
  63. 10 Korean Proverbs
  64. What you need to know about Ni no Kuni 2
  65. Restaurant: Kommune Shanghai
  66. Quality K-indie rock music: Say Sue Me
  67. Restaurant: Takumi revisited
  68. Taikang Lu – Tianzifang
  69. Movie Review: Hide and Never Seek
  70. TV: Terrace House Series: Opening new doors
  71. Restaurant Review: Oriental Express
  72. Restaurant Review: Kimchi Boulevard
  73. Religion in Japan
  74. C-Pop
  75. Documentary review: Ramen Heads – ラーメンヘッズ
  76. CinemAsia Amsterdam
  77. Movie review: Last Child – 살아남은 아이
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  79. Artist: BABYMETAL
  80. Online shopping in China
  81. Restaurant Review: Seoul Sista
  82. Review: Doki Doki Japan Crate
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  84. Boygroup: Day6
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  97. Religion in China
  98. Movie Review: A Werewolf Boy
  99. Review: Asahi Dry Beer
  100. ONE OK ROCK in Amsterdam
  101. Review: Kaomoji
  102. Chopsticks
  103. Drama Review: Save Me
  104. LGBT in Japan
  105. Artist: Zhao Lei
  106. The power of BB Cream
  107. Band: ONE OK ROCK
  108. LGBT in China
  109. Drama Review: The Sound Of Your Heart
  110. Review: Kirin Ichiban
  111. Rental bikes
  112. Drama Review: Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
  113. Movie Review: Before We Vanish
  114. Neko Neko Nii Maid Café: Halloween Pop up event
  115. The Three Sovereigns
  116. LGTB in South Korea
  117. Japanese street food
  118. Shanghai Disney Resort (Halloween)
  119. Mumun Pottery
  120. Boygroup: SF9
  121. Shanghai Comic convention 2017
  122. Izanagi & Izanami
  123. 8 Creepy Chinese Legends
  124. F.T.Island Live [X] Concert in Amsterdam
  125. Movie Review: Alice: Boy From Wonderland
  126. Movie Review: Ichi the Killer
  127. Movie Review: The Precipice Game
  128. 10 Creepy Korean Legends
  129. Movie Review: The house of the disappeared
  130. Halloween in Japan
  131. 10 Creepy Japanese Legends
  132. Halloween in China
  133. Halloween in Korea
  134. Social Media in China? No!
  135. G-Dragon’s World tour Act lll Motte Concert in Amsterdam
  136. Camera Japan Festival
  137. Movie Review: Noise
  138. Heungbu and Nolbu
  139. Konpeitō
  140. Yellow River Valley Civilization
  141. Chinese Street Food
  142. Restaurant Review: Takumi Dusseldorf – Rotterdam
  143. Restaurant review: Set Noodle & Hotpot – Maid cafe edition
  144. Jeulmun Pottery
  145. Boyband: NEWS
  146. Recipe: Sesame Cold noodles
  147. Wild KARD World Tour Lisbon
  148. Recipe: Noodles with a twist
  149. Movie Review: 10 Promises to my dog
  150. Review: Hite
  151. The Rising Sun Flag
  152. Movie Review: Ode to my father
  153. Drama review: Hwarang
  154. 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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