Sa Dingding


(Universal); East-west Pop

By ​Phil ​Bennett

What an absolute joy it is to hear something so refreshing and new.

Chinese electronica star, Sa Dingding, has spent the last couple of years making her presence felt worldwide with appearances at WOMAD and the Royal Albert Hall, and her second album is an enthusiastically eclectic blend of contemporary electronic grooves and Chinese instrumentation.

Over the top of it all, her voice dives and swoops like a sparrow as she sings Chinese lyrics and melodies to sew together traditional Chinese ethnic roots with modern pop sensibility.

The lyrics themselves read like beautiful little poems, with lines like "A girl on the road of hope She nods, greeting her wishes"(Girl In A Green Dress) and "Snowflakes dance like fireflies"(Lucky Day), sprinkled throughout. And it is her delivery in her natural language that makes them all the more effective, her melodic intonation, rhythmic flow and vibrant, expressive singing style imparting the message with far more clarity than simple English lyrics would do.

The production and arrangements are dynamic, incorporating an intriguing mix of traditional Chines instruments and powerful electronic beats. A highly original sounding album chock full of classy gems, Harmony is one of those rare recordings that can truly be described as unique.

Absolutely fabulous.

​Phil ​Bennett

Musician, actor, singer, music reviewer, Phil’s interests cover a lot of bases and this is reflected in the music he writes about. From blues to soul, ambient to electronic, Phil writes about artists he feels are interesting, true to their craft and worthy of your ears.