Guinness record for huge Mongolian musical performance in China

18:23, September 06, 2010      

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Over one thousand people who performed together each playing a traditional Mongolian four string musical instrument have won their place in the Guinness World Records.

On Monday the group of 1,151 musicians who played the "Sihu" in China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region were honored with the record.

Wu Xiaohong, a notary for Guinness World Records, witnessed the 6-minute show, and recognized it as a Guinness record for largest number people of playing the "Sihu" at the same time.

Most of the players were brought to tears when the world record was announced.

"We hope our efforts can save the ancient instrument from dying out," said Xu Zhiming, an official of the county government of Zuoyizhong Banner in Horqin, where the show was organized and staged.

He said the "Sihu" is a Mongolian musical instrument with a history of 800 years. The show had been aimed to promote the popularity of the musical instrument to the world stage.

He said the county government had tried its best to invite as many "Sihu" players to the show as possible, as nowadays only senior folk and art school students usually play it.

Source: Xinhua


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