Ethnomusicologist and former British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr Rachel Harris spent long periods of fieldwork in Xinjiang, in the remote desert region of Chinese Central Asia, listening and learning about the music of the Sibe, descendants of Qing dynasty military garrisons. In this edited extract from her book, ‘Singing the Village’, Dr Harris gives a biographical sketch of a village musician G’altu, and describes a typical wedding in Çabçal, a county in Sibe.
• Rachel Harris
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