Singing the praises of his heritage

Updated: Feb 9, 2023 By Chen Nan CHINA DAILY Print
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The 22-year-old singer-songwriter is inspired by his Yi ethnic background and his original songs have brought him a large and widespread fan base. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Twenty years ago, Moseee, like many children living in the area, grew up listening to folk songs and watching Yi dancing. He always loved singing although he never planned to pursue a full-time career as a singer-songwriter.

He recalls that he fell in love with hip-hop when he was at middle school. His father took him to a live hip-hop concert featuring local artists, which was an "overwhelming" experience.

"Although I couldn't remember the singers' names and the songs they performed that night, I can still remember how excited I was and how much I enjoyed the show," Moseee recalls. "The music was so cool and expressive, so I tried to write my own original material and learned to rap."

At 15, Moseee joined a local hip-hop label, called CW0834. He has been releasing his original songs since he was 18. His songs, such as Green Train and Hometown Chill, were played more than 1 million times on social media.

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