DBG #4 Hanggai | Yekul Song
Posted on June 17, 2011
Location: Shanghai, China
Hanggai dropped in from Beijing to play the Shanghai World Music Festival, sharing the bill with some other buzzing names in Chinese music like Beijing Opera singer Gong Linna. By chance, we met them on a weekend when I was in fact supposed to fly to Beijing to see my fiance for the first time in many months. Instead, a modern day personification of the evil witch in this very folk song, clipped my wings. The boys have a new album on the way, but chose to play an older number on this morning, in a small pagoda with an unsuspecting audience of young lovers and extra-marital [see 1min 35sec]. “Yekul Song” is music for the soul that in a matter of minutes excised any demons that were lingering from my thwarted plans to return to my sweetheart. Here’s a loose interpretation of the folk tale.
A long time ago, there were two young lovers. A young man named Namujila who fell in love with a beautiful girl called Hu. Later Namujila joined the Genghis Khan army, but he kept thinking of his sweetheart, Hu.
The young man rode a horse who could sense his master’s feelings. Eventually he told his master, “Every night at midnight you’ll ride to me to a house in the east. I will send you to your sweetheart in the yurt door.
But you can not open your eyes during the ride, you can only open your eyes whenever you stop.
From then on, Namujila rode his spirit horse each evening to see his lover and returned before down.
One night he went to his lover’s door and as they touched the ground, an evil woman saw his spirit horse’s wings and when the two lovers entered the yurt, the bad woman took scissors and cut off the wings of the spirit horse.
When Venus rose, Hu and Namugjila left the yurt and realized that the horse’s wings have been cut off and the horse had died. Later they discovered that the horse’s wings were cut off by the evil woman.
So they used their own horse bones to make a zither [stringed instrument like a harp] and covered the piano with the horse’s hide, used the tail to make the strings and the mane to make the bow.
The village was full of music and singing too, so that all the people passing could learn about the vile, ugly woman.
As a result, the bad woman could not bear to see people and committed suicide.
Charles & Andy