Yunggiema on Chinese Idol

Mu Qian is a Chinese music critic and regular columnist for the state-owned China Daily newspaper. You might remember his less-than-generous comments when D-22 shut its doors for good last year. This time however, he is both measured and magnanimous in his praise for Yunggiema (央吉玛), a folk singer from the Menba minority who ruffled certain feathers in the indie scene when she appeared on Chinese Idol, the regionalized version…