Haya to perform at Silk Road China Ethnic Music Festival 

Wu Yifan China Plus/China Daily Published: 2017-08-11 09:34:46
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Later this Friday, an award-winning world music ensemble, Haya, will perform at the Croatia Meets China - Silk Road China Ethnic Music Festival, which marks 25 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Haya, an award-winning world music ensemble from China, performs in Croatia as part of the Croatia Meets China-Silk Road China Ethnic Music Festival.[Photo: China Daily]

Haya, an award-winning world music ensemble from China, performs in Croatia as part of the Croatia Meets China-Silk Road China Ethnic Music Festival. [Photo: China Daily]

All of the musicians with Haya are ethnic Mongolians. In the Mongolian language, haya means "the edge." It is a metaphor for the nomadic lifestyle that has become rare today.

Zhang Quansheng, the horse-head fiddle player who founded the band in 2006, said that it will be the first time for the band to perform in Croatia, and they are all very excited.

The band wants their music to appeal to not just Mongolians, but to make world music that is based on Mongolian traditions. Zhang said that they have already had success in achieving that goal.

The hits Haya will perform include Silent Sky and Flying Eagle, which combines traditional Mongolian sounds with other musical elements, especially contemporary music.

Haya is now set to play at one of the most famous and popular locations in Pula. The venue is a 2,000-year-old amphitheater where ancient Romans watched gladiator fights.

It now hosts some of the finest international musicians.


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