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  • country:China
  • region:Inner Mongolia
  • style(s):World
  • label:not signed
  • type:Band
  • artist submitted by:Diana Pälviö

Line up

  • Burenbayaer (drums, percussion, vocals)
  • Hugejiletu (vocals, throat singing, morin khuur, tobuxiur)
  • Weiming Qiu (bass, vocals)
  • Zhiwei Li (guitar)


In the video for Ajinai's track Grass, a mysterious woman in a garden places a photo of the Mongolian grasslands into a briefcase, which is carried in relay by the members of the band through a desolate, monochrome, urban landscape of broken windows and graffiti until the road leading back to the photo image is found. The narrative is underscored by Ajinai's perfect mix of Inner Mongolian and Inner-Beijing-city blues. The ex-Hanggai horse-head fiddle and throat singing virtuoso, Hugejiletu, formed the band in 2009 with musicians from across China who had come to Beijing to be part of the megalopolis's thriving contemporary music scene. His aim was to bring traditional Mongolian music into the 21st Century, with no compromises. Ajinai is the sound of the grasslands echoing in the concrete canyons of the global city.