MA DI 马頔

Beijing folk idol and poet Ma Di emerged in recent years as one of the most acclaimed young musicians of the city’s folk-rock scene. His songs deal with the joys and sorrows of being a young person in China’s capital, blending of traditional styles with Western folk traditions. Ma Di’s hit song “Nan Shan Nan 南山南” is a popular anthem all over China, and in 2015, he headlined Beijing’s Workers’ Stadium, one of the most prominent arenas in the country. He also runs the boutique record label Sesame Leaves (Mayouye 麻油叶), and last year toured the US for the first time, including performing at the Modern Sky Festival in New York City.