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China Beat: Li Zhi
    2007-03-04 12:06:06     CRIENGLISH.com

, broadcasting time: 2007-03-04

No matter, rain or shine, snow or fog, our goal is fun on China Beat here on China Radio International. Im your host Xu Jue, ready to share with you some good music from contemporary China.

On yesterday's show, we got to know Nanjing-based folk rocker Li Zhi, and listened to several songs from his previous 2 albums. Today, let's continue with his story by listening to some new songs off his latest third album.

To start us off, here's the first song. It's called "Mama."


That's "Mama" by Nanjing folk rocker Li Zhi. But if the singer heard me say so, he might correct me by noting he's not a native-born Nanjing citizen. Li Zhi was born in a small village, where he was a sort of king among his small pals. He was always quick at learning all kinds of things by himself, but a sense of inferiority took hold of him because of his poor family situation.

With very little pocket money, Li Zhi managed to buy himself an acoustic guitar at the age of 17. In the summer of 1997, Li Zhi came to Nanjing for college. However, two years later, he quit school, and began a libertine life, traveling around the country. He went to various places, in most cases starting with hopeful expectations and ending with troubled results.

In 2003, Li Zhi went to Ningxia Province, and got to see the ancient mausoleum of the Xi Xia Dynasty. Against lofty He Lan Mountain and the vast Gobi Desert, Li Zhi sat down at the site and started to sing, as he thought he had to do something to make his mortal life eternal. He then decided to make three records in the following three years. And it seems the singer has already achieved his goal.

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