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In 2014, Perhat Khaliq turned into a major international star, after auditioning for the reality show “The Voice Of China”. His powerful vocals and emotionally charged performances wowed the judges and millions of viewers in China and around the world. In the process, this singer, composer and guitar player has helped to change the perception of China’s minority Uyghur community.
Last September, Perhat and his band Qetiq hit the road for their first China tour, performing in 22 major cities in 40 days. Three months later, Perhat received the prestigious Prince Claus Award for “breathing new life into traditional Uyghur forms”.
Together, they have released their first album “Qetiq – Rock From Taklamakan Desert”, and are working on their next record. At The O.P.E.N., Perhat and Qetiq will bring their firebrand music to the stage in their Asian premiere outside of China.
Born in the remote Autonomous Uyghur Province of Xinjiang in northwest China, Perhat taught himself to play the guitar at the age of six. He became a musician, playing with Qetiq at local bars in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang. Since then, they have also played at music festivals and concerts in Europe.
It’s easy to see why he and Qetiq have garnered such a furious following around the world. The band’s contemporary interpretation of traditional Uyghur and Kazakh music is a rarity in music today: overtone singing meets country music, old desert songs crossed with rock and funk.
Prepare to have your socks knocked off!
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