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Sa Dingding
An action shot of Sa Dingding playing during a concert.
Sa Dingding in concert
Zhou Peng (周鹏)

(1979-12-27) 27 December 1979 (age 39)[1]
Occupationsinger, composer, songwriter, record producer, choreographer, actress
Years active2006–present
Musical career
GenresWorld music, World fusion, Electronica, Folk music, Pop music
InstrumentsGuzheng, Morin khuur
LabelsWrasse, Universal
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese薩頂頂
Simplified Chinese萨顶顶

Sa Dingding (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: Sà Dǐngdǐng, born Zhou Peng (周鹏), on 27 December 1979) is a Chinese folk singer and songwriter. She is of mixed Han Chinese and Mongol ancestry, and sings in languages including Mandarin Chinese, English, Sanskrit, Standard Tibetan, as well as an imaginary self-created language to evoke emotions in her songs.[4] She also plays traditional instruments such as the guzheng and morin khuur.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Sa was born in Pingdingshan, Henan,[2][3] with Shandong origin. She became interested in Buddhism and taught herself Tibetan and Sanskrit. Later, at 17, she moved to Beijing, to study music at the People's Liberation Army Academy of Art.[6]


At age 18, she released her first album entitled Dong Ba La under her birth name Zhou Peng, gaining her the title of China’s Best Dance Music Singer[7]

In 2006, "Holy Incense" was used as the theme song for the movie Prince of the Himalayas, directed by Sherwood Hu. In mid-2007, she released Alive, available physically and as a download in many countries. The Hong Kong release of the album featured a DVD containing music videos, a remix of "Alive", making of footage and a Chinese version of "Mama Tian Na", not featured on the album.

In 2008, she won the BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music for the Asia-Pacific region, earning herself the chance to perform at the Royal Albert Hall to a Western audience. In the same year, she also released a two track single called "Qin Shang".[8]

Dingding composed a song with Éric Mouquet of Deep Forest called "Won't Be Long" to raise funds for disaster relief after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. The song was made available on Mouquet's Deep-Projects website. Mouquet and Dingding have collaborated on an album Deep China.

Dingding has appeared at World of Music, Arts and Dance and the Harrogate International Festivals in the UK. On October 6, 2008, her official English website was updated with information about a European tour, going from November 7 to 17, making stops in Germany, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Las Palmas, Australia and New Zealand.[9] For Chinese composer He Xuntian's 2008 album, Tathāgata, Dingding contributed the vocals for the second track, entitled "Dátǎjiādá" (达塔伽达).

Her January 2010 album was Harmony (天地合), with nine songs in Chinese. The album also contains three remixes of the title track, one by Paul Oakenfold. In 2018, Dingding starred in the hit fantasy romance drama Ashes of Love, portraying the Immortal Yuanji.




Television series[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2018 Ashes of Love 香蜜沉沉烬如霜 Immortal Yuanji


  1. ^ "几位"假唱王":第2位将话筒拿反,图5丢人丢到国外去了 - 腾讯网". 腾讯网. 1 August 2019.
  2. ^ a b "惊!这些名人都是咱河南的". Zhengzhou Wanbao. 12 November 2015. Archived from the original on 21 December 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  3. ^ a b "2011快乐女声评委:萨顶顶". Archived from the original on 2014-10-29. Retrieved 2016-12-06.
  4. ^ BBC - Awards for World Music 2008 - Asia/Pacific Archived 2008-04-24 at the Wayback Machine, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Four television.
  5. ^ "Floating like a butterfly". Archived from the original on 2018-10-11. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  6. ^ Steward, Sue (2008-07-19). "Why Sa Dingding has China in her hand". ISSN 0307-1235. Archived from the original on 2018-10-11. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  7. ^ Nan, Chen (2015-12-21). "Acclaimed singer who is a stranger in her own land". ISSN 0307-1235. Archived from the original on 2018-10-11. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  8. ^ BBC - Awards for World Music 2008 - Winners Archived 2008-07-18 at the Wayback Machine, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Four television.
  9. ^ "Sa Dingding Official English Site". Archived from the original on 2008-09-28. Retrieved 2008-10-11.

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