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Dadawa performing at the 2009 East Asian Games closing ceremony
|Pinyin||zhu1 zhe2 qin2 (Mandarin)|
|Jyutping||zyu1 zit3 kam4 (Cantonese)|
|Birth name||Zhu Zheqin|
Dadawa is the stage name of Zhu Zheqin (朱哲琴), a Chinese singer/songwriter. She was born in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. Dadawa has been referred to as the "Chinese Enya". She has also been described as China's Ry Cooder, for her eclectic forays into world music including one recording and tour with Ireland's Chieftains. She has collaborated with composer/producer He Xuntian for all of her albums. He Xuntian is a Shanghai music professor. In 1994, He Xuntian and Dadawa travelled to Tibet to research Tibetan culture and beliefs. The result, Sister Drum (1995), her second album, was an international success. Following that, Dadawa's album Voices From The Sky was released in 1997. Dadawa was the first contemporary Chinese musician to have her music released worldwide, for which she has received an Asian MTV award for her contribution to Asian music.
Dadawa has developed a reputation as a world traveller and adventurer, visiting many countries and immersing herself in a variety of cultures around the world. She has also worked in television journalism, in particular hosting a major Chinese television documentary, "Into Africa", which introduced that continent to hundreds of millions of viewers.
In August 2006, she released the album "Seven Days". This album did not contain any overt Tibetan elements, but still maintained lyrical references to Buddhist ideas. Musically, the concept leaned more toward Chinese traditional folk songs with pan-Asian elements. However, her trademark melody lines, East Asian percussion, and ambient electronic and classical instrumentation persisted. Meanwhile she created a band made up of Canadian musicians including Ron Korb, George Gao, Bill Bridges, Paul Hoffert, Lew Mele, and Ben Riley and toured in China to introduce her new music to the Chinese public.
Dadawa's work on "Seven Days" was nominated for a BBC World Music Award in 2007. In the same year, Dadawa won the prestigious Tom.com award for the "Most Influential Woman in Chinese Music" and was voted a Top Ten album in China by both Sina.com and the Beijing Evening News. "Seven Days" also went on to win the award for best world fusion album in the 7th Annual Independent Music Awards. In 2007, she completed a documentary film of her musical sojourns in India, Nepal and Tibet, co-directed with Oscar winner, Ross Kauffman. In January 2009, Dadawa was appointed a United Nations Development Program Goodwill Ambassador in China, with a focus on preserving ethnic music and handicrafts.
- Yellow Children (黄孩子) (1992)
- Sister Drum (阿姐鼓) (1995)
- Voices From The Sky (央金玛) (1997)
- Seven Days (七日谈) (2006)
- Main Title Theme (一首歌) (2007) - main title theme of Taiwan's anime "MAZU"
- Dadawa's Poetry Hides Politics
- Dadawa: Voices from the Sky at the Internet Archive, original site closed
- Ectophiles Guide
- Dadawa.net at Internet Archive, original site closed
- Celestial Voices
- Dadawa's Blog
- BBC's entry on Dadawa
- China Tibet Information Center - Total Eclipse of the Heart
- Answer.com entry on Dadawa
- Dadawa Fan Club