Li Jinhui

Composer, Musical Artist

1891 – 1967

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Who was Li Jinhui?

Li Jinhui was a composer and songwriter born in Xiangtan, Hunan, China. He is often dubbed as the "Father of Chinese popular music". He created a new musical form with shidaiqu after the fall of the Qing Dynasty—moving away from established musical forms. Although Li's music was extremely popular, the Chinese Nationalist Party attempted to ban his music. Critics branded his music as "Yellow Music", a form of pornography, because of its sexual associations and he was branded a "corruptor" of public morals. This kind of popular music was banned in China after the Communist takeover in 1949, and Li was eventually hounded to his death, a victim of political persecution in 1967 during the height of the Cultural Revolution.

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Born
Sep 5, 1891
Xiangtan
Nationality
  • China
Profession
Died
Feb 15, 1967
Shanghai

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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