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Liu Sola is a world- renowned composec a highly individualistic vocalist and also a major award winning contemporary writer. Her new work include a chamber opera Fantasy of the Red Queen (2006), performed by Ensemble Modern/Germany together with Liu Sola & Friends Chinese ensemble; Liu Sola is the libretto and music composer, as well as the director and leading vocalist for the opera.
In the 80' s , Liu Sola' s best - selling novella You Have no Choice,  won the 1988 Chinese national  novella awa rd.  Her work has been selected for study by university and high school literature classes since 1985.  She created the first Chinese rock opera Blue Sky Green Sea with a libretto based on her own award-wining novella of the same name in 1987. Since 1988, she has collaborated with Blues, Jazz, Rock, as well as classical musicians worldwide. Her novel Chaos & All That (Hawaii U Press) was written in London 1989, while Small Tales of the Great Ji Family /Nv Zhen Tang - ( La grande ile des tortues-cochons / Seuil. Paris.  La Piccola Storia Della Grande Famiglia Ji / Einaudi .Rome) - was written in New York 2000. Her music albums include: Blues in the East (Polygram.USA.1994), China Collage (Avant.Japan.1995), Haunts (1998) and so on.
Since 2003, she has devoted her musical attention to Liu Sola & Friends, a Chinese ensemble, and fashioning con- tempora ry sounds from traditional Chinese instruments. The world premier of Liu Sola's new chamber opera [The Afterlife of Li Jiantong] will take place in the Barbican Center, London, in may 2009 (directed and conducted by Paul Hillier, performed by The Theatre of Voices). This work was commissioned by The Barbican Centre London, The Royal Theatre of Copenhagen, and The Theatre ofVoices. )
Ann Powers wrote about Liu' s  music in ~lew York Times.Their forceful interplay seemed to hit a wellspring of indigenous music: part African, part Asian, with strains of the fiefd holler and the American Indian chant. Beyond language, they found a primal connection grounded in the physicality of the human voice.

She grew up in a musical household and the soundtrack to her childhood was diverse - traditional songs and local pop competing with reggae, soul and folk. All these genres have influenced Netsayi's own writing, a style she has christened 'Chimurenga Soul'.
'Chimurenga Soul' is also the title Netsayi gave her debut album, which was described as 'refreshingly, startlingly excellent' by Mojo magazine and 'one of the finest debuts of the year' by Robin Denselowe of The Guardian.
Netsayi is an acclaimed live performer who has headlined at many notable venues and festivals, both in the UK and worldwide. These include the London Jazz Festival, the London African Music Festival, the Amsterdam Roots Festival, Sauti Za Busara in Zanzibar, the Harare International Festival of the Arts and Kippies in Johannesburg.
Netsayi has opened for some of the most respected stars of Afro-jazz, soul, blues and hip hop (like Hugh Masekela, Omar, Boubacar Traore and K'Naan) and appeared live in session across the 8BC radio network (including a prestigious Radio I 'Peel session').
Netsayi is currently multi-tasking. She is touring in the UK and Europe, writing, recording and releasing new material.For up to the minute details of her exploits and whereabouts, see her myspace page.)

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