Dong Ballads

Culture

Dong Ballads

by Live in Guizhou


PUBLISHED August 20, 2021 • 3 MIN READ

When we wandered in the Dong village after visiting the singing teacher, I saw many Dong women seated together, singing while doing their needlework. Unlike the multi-part, collective grand songs, these ballads performed by these Dong women have a singular tune and a prolonged ending sound. When the Dong people do farm work or needlework, ballads are always their favorite. They can be performed by as few as one person, and as many as over a hundred. The open-minded and forthright characters can be used to describe both the Dong songs and the Dong people.