Hanggai – The Basement


Chinese band Hanggai put on another great show at the Basement a few weeks back.  Pretty similar to their 2012 show at the same venue – with addition of some tunes from their new album Baifang – which is fine by me because they are great.



Lead singer Ilchi is a real rock star and the blend of traditional instruments like the morin khuur blend perfectly with the Fenders.  And of course there is nothing punker than a throat singer.  I got my favourite song “Xiger Xiger” and the dancefloor at the Basement was crowded.  Hanggai is always a good crowd because it’s majority Chinese/Mongolian who sing along and respond enthusiastically to the between song patter (in Chinese), which alas language-challenged dullards like me cannot.


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