Chinese Singers Sing Songs of Praise for Their President

In what looks suspiciously like a budding cult of personality, a number of Chinese singers have released material praising Xi Jinping. They claim that they’re just proud of their country and its leadership, but given the economic, social and political challenges facing China these days, it’s not hard to assume that the long arm of the Propaganda Ministry is involved.

And it’s not just one or two songs, either. Here’s a list of titles of current Chinese pop hits about Xi:

  • “Our Xi Dada, The Idol Xi Dada”
  • “China Has Its Xi Dada”
  • “Be a Man Like Xi Dada”
  • If You Want to Marry, Marry Somone Like Xi Dada”
  • “Xi Dada Loves Peng Mama” (Peng is the first lady)

Can you imagine anyone writing a song like this about a Western leader? (Okay, a positive song?)

Read more about this weird Chinese pop phenomenon at The Guardian.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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