Diverse Xinjiang Music: Picture of the Week

October 22 | No Comments

Xinjiang CD's and Kenny G
Can you spot which CD doesn’t belong?

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.

About Josh Summers

Josh is the author of Xinjiang | A Traveler's Guide to Far West China, the most highly-reviewed and comprehensive travel guide on China's western region of Xinjiang. He lived, studied and run a business in Xinjiang, China for more than 10 years, earning recognition for his work from CCTV, BBC, Lonely Planet and many others.

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