Hailing from the Yunnan province in Southwest China, Manhu, the guardians of an ancient but living musical tradition are here to grace us with their rich international debut album.
The excitement is building for the release of Manhu's debut international album.
The opening track from Voices of the Sani is an uplifting traditional song from the Laluo Yi people of Weishan, Dali region, which is based on honouring guests as food is served. Typically, the food would be brought into the room balanced on the heads of the performers. The lyrics encourage listeners to ‘Drink wherever there is wine, sleep wherever there’s a bed.’ Enjoyment of the consumption of ‘moonshine’, high strength distilled liquor, is common to all Yi people and indeed to all of Yunnan’s ethnic groups.
Give 'Banquet Dance' a listen below:
If you like what you just heard, the full album will be released on January 31st and is available to pre-order via our website right now!
By heading for the hills and staying there, Sani people have preserved their identity for thousands of years. Consequently, this rich international debut by Manhu, who have been nurturing their sound over the last fifteen years, gives a unique insight into the music of a fascinating and little-understood culture.