Saturday, November 25 will see long-running party night Popasuda celebrating six years on the Shanghai music scene. Known for eclectic world beats, packed crowds, and a genuine party atmosphere all night, Popasuda has gained a loyal following across a varied Shanghai demographic. For the start of the 7th year, DJ and promoter of Popasuda, Sal Haque AKA Skinny Brown, has brought in Ajouly Sound and DJ Abalone “to do some ...

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Recently Chengdu rap group The Higher Brothers have put Chinese hip-hop in the spotlight. Their brand of music draws on their cultural heritage as well as using Chengdu dialect. And even if you can’t understand Chinese their songs, such as Made in China; 7/11; and WeChat, all draw on ideas about things relevant in China today. When I asked American rapper JayEsGee his thoughts on Chinese hip-hop, he was unequivocal: ...

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According to The Godfather of Soul James Brown, we live in a man’s world. But as he makes clear, it would be nothing without a woman or a girl. Well, it seems the times are a changin’ and in fact women are starting to lead the direction of how music is progressing in Shanghai. I spoke to seven women who are influential in the electronic music scene here in Shanghai to get a feel for how things are changing and if this ...

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“Making It in Shanghai” focuses on people who have found success and made a significant cultural impact in Shanghai. “I like to introduce music to people” – DJ B.O It’s Thursday afternoon and I’m scheduled to meet Brian Offenther (a.k.a. DJ B.O) at 2pm at The Apartment on Yongfu Lu. I’m to spend a day hanging out with him to live the life of a DJ for a short time. I wonder what can a DJ be doing at ...

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Ulaanbaatar is the capital of Mongolia, not to be confused with Inner Mongolia, which is of course part of China. It is the home country of Mohanik, a “Nomad Rock” band formed in 2004 who will be taking to the stage at Inferno on Saturday June 10th, their first time in Shanghai since touring in 2012. The acclaimed Mongolian folk and post-punk band are one of the premier rock bands of Mongolia. Influenced by ...

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If you want to get to know what’s happening in the live music scene in Shanghai then you need to get to know the local bands. Being an international city, Shanghai often has big acts passing through, but to get to the pulse of the underground scene you must get out to see the local bands who play the indie clubs every week. To get you started I present five bands who are setting the beat of the indie music scene in ...

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