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The Uighur people of Xinjiang.

In the final part of Lucy Duran's profiles of China she reaches the desert region of Xinjiang, part of the ancient Silk Route. Here the Uighur people, who first came under Chinese rule two thousand years ago, are reaffirming their cultural identity through their vibrant and energetic music.

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45 minutes

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  • Xinjiang region on the silk route.

    Lucy Duran is in the Xinjiang region on the silk route, home to the Uighur’s.

    Duration: 08:51

  • Music Played

    • Uighur village musicians

      My love is like a blossoming flower

  • In a Uighur family courtyard.

    Lucy is in a Uighur family courtyard in Xinjiang with local musicians.

    Duration: 05:39

  • Music Played

    • : Market musicians in Xinjiang


  • Xinjiang’s lively pop music.

    Lucy talks about Xinjiang’s lively pop music scene.

    Duration: 05:15

  • Music Played

    • : Pasha Isha

      A sad song about love

  • Lucy is in a busy market.

    Lucy is in a busy market where ten musicians are playing on a huge carpet.

    Duration: 07:01

  • Pasha Isha.

    Lucy meets Xinjiang’s most famous singer, Pasha Isha, who also plays the dutar.

    Duration: 05:35

  • ‘fire water’.

    In a restaurant, Lucy’s producer tries to down a large glass of ‘fire water’.

    Duration: 10:16

  • Music Played

    • Abdullah

      traditional song

    • Pasha Isha



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