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Music of the Hani and Yi People

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Saturday 14 June 2008

In a programme recorded on location in China, Lucy Duran explores the music of three of the country's 56 different ethnic groups. Featuring the songs of the Hani and Yi people in Yunnan Province. Living high up in the mountains near the borders with Vietnam, Laos and Burma, they make instruments from grass to accompany songs that were born in the world's most spectacular paddy fields.

Music and featured items

17 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Music of the Yi people

    Lucy Duran is in the Yunnan Province hearing the traditional music of the Yi people.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Musicians in Ar Zhe he, Honghe County, Yunnan Province

      Musicians in Ar Zhe he, Honghe County, Yunnan Province Cha War Hge

    • Image for Yi Musicians in Ar Zhe he, Honghe County, Yunnan Province

      Yi Musicians in Ar Zhe he, Honghe County, Yunnan Province Indoor Love Song (Evening Music)

    • Image for Hani Musicians in Ar Zha he, Honghe County, Yunnan Province

      Hani Musicians in Ar Zha he, Honghe County, Yunnan Province BBC Recording

  • The Yunnan Province

    Lucy arrives at a small town in the mountains of Yunnan Province.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Hani Musicians in Ar Zha he, Honghe County, Yunnan Province

      Hani Musicians in Ar Zha he, Honghe County, Yunnan Province Wu Chu a ci

  • Instruments made from leaves.

    Lucy talks to local musicians about their instruments made from leaves.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Hani Musicians in Ar Zha he, Honghe County, Yunnan Province

      Hani Musicians in Ar Zha he, Honghe County, Yunnan Province Wedding Lament

  • Yi people in Yunnan Province.

    Lucy and her guide hear a song and dance performed by the Yi people in Yunnan Province.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Yi Musicians in Ar Zhe he, Honghe County, Yunnan Province

      Yi Musicians in Ar Zhe he, Honghe County, Yunnan Province Song and Dance

    • Image for Hani Musicians in Ar Zha he, Honghe County, Yunnan Province

      Hani Musicians in Ar Zha he, Honghe County, Yunnan Province Hani Festival Song

  • Professor Zhang interview.

    Lucy in the capital of Yunnan with professor Zhang, a leading expert on Yunnan music.

  • The local speciality of tofu.

    Lucy reflects on changes in Yunnan and finds out about the local speciality of tofu.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Yi Musicians of the Flower Waist branch

      Yi Musicians of the Flower Waist branch Untitled Dance

    • Image for Yi Musicians of the Flower Waist branch

      Yi Musicians of the Flower Waist branch Circle Dance of Joy

  • The Yunnan Province.

    Lucy reflects on the people and music she has heard in the Yunnan Province.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Hani Musicians

      Hani Musicians Wu chu a ci

  • Rice terraces of Yuanyang said to be the largest and most beautiful in the world

    Rice terraces of Yuanyang said to be the largest and most beautiful in the world

  • Hani musicians performing in Ar Zha he town in Honghe Couty, Yunnan Province china

    Hani musicians performing in Ar Zha he town in Honghe Couty, Yunnan Province china

  • Hani Grass instruments

    Hani Grass instruments

  • Yi musicians in Ar Zha he

    Yi musicians in Ar Zha he

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