Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Random Ringo

For the last month or so, this pair of young gentlemen have been entertaining the passing citizenry by busking, mainly outside the Lianhua Century Supermarket in the city centre.


They bill themselves as 天空樂隊 which means “Sky Band” and advertise their phone number in case of any passing Chinese Brian Epsteins.

The chap on guitar and vocals manages to hold down a tune and, on a busker level, is competent, although I can’t see Tamla Motown rushing to sign him.

The percussionist, who is no doubt a very pleasant chap, is best described as enthusiastic. He has a collection of buckets and paint tins which he bashes energetically and loudly. Unfortunately, rhythm and timing are not in his repertoire. I wonder if he can count to four. I’m sure he wouldn’t know a backbeat from his backside. To my ears it is just random thumping.

Still, they draw a crowd on weekends, although I noticed most people today were laughing and few donating.

But good luck to them. They are 100 times better than the young blind beggar down the road a bit who “sings” without any sense of what music might be.

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3 Responses to “Random Ringo”

  1. David Says:

    As I abhor all busking (and buskers) as unasked intrusions I’m happy this lot are the best part of six thousand miles away .
    Our otherwise peaceful town centre is awash with everything from lost Andean minstrels to over amplified faux Jimi Hendrixs and Acker Bilks (or ‘Burks’ as some wag chalked on the pavement) all within earshot of stern opera singers and ardent preachers .
    However , my mood is lightened by noting that one of ‘Ginger Bakers’ drums is of Dulux lineage !
    Enjoy (as they say) or shop elsewhere !

  2. Liuzhou Laowai Says:

    Dulux is quite common in China.

  3. David Says:

    Very common all over Asia . Dulux’s decorative qualities are well established but I’m unsure of its percussive qualities .
    Now , where’s that old tin of emulsion………

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