So the title of this picture is a bit misleading, I admit. Xinjiang music is very diverse and incredibly fascinating, however my knowledge and understanding of it is still quite limited. Even so, while traveling to a desert oasis in Xinjiang a couple months ago I came upon a merchant trying to sell his display of Xinjiang-related books and CDs. I’m no expert, but something just didn’t look right.
I would like to set the record straight: despite his popularity all over China, Kenny G is not a Xinjiang native and his music carries no trace of local flavor.