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Hanggai Band is a Chinese folk music group from Beijing who specialize in Mongolian folk music and more modern styles such as punk rock. The term “Hanggai” itself is a Mongolian word referring to an idealized natural landscape. All the songs are adaptations of Mongolian folk songs and are sung in Mongolian incorporating throat singing, a Mongolian technique in which the artist emits two different pitches at the same time. The band was created when the leader Ilchi, captivated by the sound of throat singing and wanting to rediscover his ethnic heritage, travelled to Inner Mongolia to learn the art and met Hugejiltu and Bagen. Part of Hanggai Band’s goals as a musical group is to help strengthen Mongolian culture in China in the face of a more dominant mainstream culture.

The current band components are: Yiliqi “Ilchi” (vocals, tobshuur), Batubagen “Bagen” (vocals, morin khuur), Hurizha “Hurcha” (vocals), Yilalata “Ileta” (vocals, guitar), Li Zhongtao (percussion), Xu Jingchen (guitar) and Niu Xin (bass). Their discography is composed by two albums: Introducing Hanggai (2008) and He Who Travels Far (2010).

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