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  • In China, a Uighur rocker tries to go his own way

    Perhat Khaliq became famous across China last year after appearing on "Voice of China," the country's version of American Idol. But he is ambivalent about the fame, and says he only wants to focus on his music. It's a blend of traditional Uighur folk music and rock and roll that offends purists in his home in Xinjiang, but is gaining international attention. Here he performs his version of "Dolan Muqam," a revered Uighur folk song. (Video by Stuart Leavenworth)

Perhat Khaliq became famous across China last year after appearing on "Voice of China," the country's version of American Idol. But he is ambivalent about the fame, and says he only wants to focus on his music. It's a blend of traditional Uighur folk music and rock and roll that offends purists in his home in Xinjiang, but is gaining international attention. Here he performs his version of "Dolan Muqam," a revered Uighur folk song. (Video by Stuart Leavenworth)
Perhat Khaliq became famous across China last year after appearing on "Voice of China," the country's version of American Idol. But he is ambivalent about the fame, and says he only wants to focus on his music. It's a blend of traditional Uighur folk music and rock and roll that offends purists in his home in Xinjiang, but is gaining international attention. Here he performs his version of "Dolan Muqam," a revered Uighur folk song. (Video by Stuart Leavenworth)

In China, a Uighur rocker navigates two divided worlds

September 10, 2015 4:20 PM