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China National Orchestra perform Katy Perry hit

01-14-2014 11:41 BJT

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By CCTV correspondent Liu Wenwen

Chinese folk music is inspired by Katy Perry. You might think this seems like an odd combination. But a group of performers from China's National Orchestra proved anything can happen in the world of music. The Teenage Dream singer has been in town to listen to the orchestra play her smash hit "Roar". Our reporter Liu Wenwen was there.

This is Katy Perry's first visit to China and she is warmly embraced by her devoted legion of fans who brave the cold in the capital. Perry's new album "Prism" has become a golden record in China, no mean feat considering this is her first official release in the country.

Perry says she always takes inspiration from her experiences around the world, injecting this into her music. To discover more about Chinese culture, she has come to the China National Orchestra.

From a young singer once dropped by record labels to a pop queen with record-breaking success, Katy Perry's journey is an inspiring one. And the next leg of that journey is to China, which turned out to be very emotional for her.

The China National Orchestra rearranged Katy Perry's No.1 single Roar. Nearly 100 musicians performed, most of them using traditional Chinese musical instruments. This appears to be a new experience for Perry, who certainly found the experience moving.

"Overwhelming! Very emotional for me and made me cry. It made me really understands my love for music in its purist form...so moving!" Perry says.

"Katy Perry is a successful pop singer; our traditional music boasts a long history. This piece showcased the inclusiveness of our music traditions. We want to bring music to more people, both at home and abroad," Xi Qiang, director of China National Orchestra, says.

After the performance, Katy Perry went on stage to express her thanks to the musicians. She also received a gift from the orchestra, an instrument called a "Xun," one of the most ancient Chinese musical instruments. In return, she gave her guitar to the troupe. And as the Chinese new year is just around the corner, the singer wished her Chinese fans a happy new year.

 

 

Editor:任仲希 |Source: CCTV.com

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