Magazine article New Internationalist

Alive

Magazine article New Internationalist

Alive

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Alive

by Sa Dingding (Wrasse Records 213 CD)

Alive, the first album made by the Chinese Mongolian singer Sa Dingding to be aimed at markets outside her native land, is undeniably a work of prodigious talent. Sa Dingding sings in Mandarin, Sanskrit, Tibetan and languages of her own creation; she plays the zheng (a 25-string zither), and other instruments with a rare delicacy; her voice, either singing or chanting, has a presence that's deeply unusual. She is also adept at incorporating digital sounds into her recordings. Visually, she works an image of dramatic glamour. It's not for nothing that Sa Dingding has been called the Chinese answer to Björk.

But whereas Björk, giving a concert in Beijing recently, shouted 'Tibet!' from the stage, Sa Dingding's stance on this seems non-committal. …

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