BEIJING, CHINA – Media OutReach – October 21, 2023 – On the evening of October 9 at 8:00 p.m., the “Chinese Folk Song Gala” produced by China Media Group (CMG) was broadcast on CCTV-1, alongside platforms such as CCTV Literature and Art, China Media Group Mobile and www.cctv.com, sparking many discussions. Starting October 14, every Saturday at 7:30 p.m., the program will be broadcast simultaneously on CCTV-3 and CCTV-15. This 10-episode series serves as a showcase for both classic and newly created outstanding folk songs, fully displaying the deep-rooted heritage and vibrant vitality of Chinese civilization, while showcasing the spiritual disposition of the Chinese people.
Innovative creation, fusion and ingenuity
Folk songs find their roots in people and emerge from life. The melodies sung reflect scenes of daily work and the simple aspects of life, encapsulating the purity and essence cherished for generations. The inaugural episode featured four “work songs” from various regions, starting with “Chuanjiang Sailors’ Songs” depicting the toil of boatmen, followed by “Hubei Wheat Harvest Songs” capturing collective labor, the “Songs of the Sichuan Zigong Salt Fields” with their dual function of commanding and relieving fatigue, and the “Songs of the Zhoushan Fishermen” sung by sea fishermen. Perfectly intertwined, they painted a vivid picture of a bustling working-class scene, allowing the audience to feel China’s confident and progressive strength through resounding melodies. The song “The Wall-Beating Song” recreates the vigorous scenes of hard work through lively tunes and joyful dances, while “We Shoulder the Golden Carrying Pole” exudes the rich flavor of the Qiang ethnic group, highlighting the spiritual state of pursuing a fulfilling life. life through work.
Simple rural melodies, a song that resonates throughout the country
Folk songs resonate with local accents and sentiments, evoking nostalgia and longing for their homeland whenever familiar melodies resonate. Carefully selected, the program features the classic folk song “Jasmine Flower,” featuring versions in various regional styles such as Ningxia, Hebei, Heilongjiang, Fujian, and more. Each rendition offers a distinct and captivating melody that is fresh and delightful to the ear. The song “An Autumn Leaf As a Small Gift” incorporates storytelling elements, while “The day of Grain Rain” cleverly fuses great Dong ethnic songs with popular music. Similarly, “An Ode to Lychee” combines popular songs with acapella, presenting a series of captivating images depicting a prosperous China in the new era. Through innovative renditions of classic folk songs, the program creates emotional resonance, silently touching the hearts of a wider audience.
For more captivating content, tune in to the “Chinese Folk Song Gala” and experience the everlasting appeal of Chinese folk songs, brimming with deep emotions and vibrant diversity.
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