Beijing-based alt-folk quartet Shanren meshes rock and ska with the rich music of its native Yunnan province -- the mythical home of Shangri-La -- in southwestern China.
Shanren (which means “Mountain Men” in Chinese) formed after its members migrated from the rural countryside to the bustling Chinese capital a decade ago.
In addition to singing about its ethnic traditions, Shanren’s music also grapples with themes resonant to rural transplants and ethnic minorities. The lute-laced song “Thirty Years,” for instance, deals with migrants looking for work and love in the big city.
Download “Thirty Years” above and watch the music video for the song below. Shanren plays at Dock Street in Staten Island on Saturday night.