Sa Dingding (simplified Chinese: 萨顶顶; traditional Chinese: 薩頂頂; pinyin: Sà Dǐngdǐng, born Zhou Peng (周鹏), 27 December 1983) is a Chinese folk singer and songwriter. She is of mixed Han Chinese and Mongol ancestry, and sings in languages including Mandarin Chinese, Sanskrit, Standard Tibetan, as well as an imaginary self-created language to evoke the emotions in her songs. She also plays traditional instruments such as the guzheng and morin khuur.
Sa Dingding in concert
|Chinese name||薩頂頂 (traditional)|
|Chinese name||萨顶顶 (simplified)|
|Pinyin||Sà Dǐngdǐng (Mandarin)|
Zhou Peng (周鹏)|
27 December 1983 
|Occupation||Singer, composer, songwriter, record producer, choreographer|
|Genre(s)||Electronica, pop, folk|
|Instrument(s)||Guzheng, Morin khuur|
|Ancestry||Han Chinese and Mongol|
Sa was born in Pingdingshan, Henan, with Shandong origin. She became interested in Buddhism and taught herself Tibetan and Sanskrit. Later[when?], she moved to Beijing to study music at the People's Liberation Army Academy of Art.
At age 18, she released her first album entitled Dong Ba La under her birth name Zhou Peng, gaining her the title of China’s Best Dance Music Singer.
In 2006, "Holy Incense" was used as the theme song for the movie Prince of the Himalayas, directed by Sherwood Hu.
In mid-2007, she released Alive, available physically and as a download in many countries. The Hong Kong release of the album featured a DVD containing music videos, a remix of "Alive", making of footage and a Chinese version of "Mama Tian Na", not featured on the album.
In 2008, she won the BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music for the Asia-Pacific region, earning herself the chance to perform at the Royal Albert Hall to a Western audience. In the same year, she also released a two track single called "Qin Shang".
Dingding composed a song with Éric Mouquet of Deep Forest called "Won't Be Long" to raise funds for disaster relief after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. The song was made available on Mouquet's Deep-Projects website. Mouquet and Dingding have collaborated on an album Deep China.
Dingding has appeared at World of Music, Arts and Dance and the Harrogate International Festivals in the UK. On October 6, 2008, her official English website was updated with information about a European tour, going from November 7 to 17, making stops in Germany, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Las Palmas, Australia and New Zealand.
- (2001) Dong Ba La (咚巴啦)
- (2007.08.28) Alive (万物生) - Universal Music, Wrasse Records
- (2010.01.26) Harmony (天地合)
- (2012.07.03) The Coming Ones (恍如来者)
- (2014.05.14) Wonderland (Remix Album) (幻境)
- (2015.11.20) The Butterfly Dream (庄周梦蝶集)
- (2008.07.30) "Qin Shang" (琴伤) - Wrasse Records
- (2009.11.13) "Tiandi Ji"/"Ha Ha Li Li" (天地记) - Universal Music Group
- The theme song of 14 Blades (锦衣卫)
- "惊！这些名人都是咱河南的". Zhengzhou Wanbao. 2015-11-12. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
- BBC - Awards for World Music 2008 - Asia/Pacific, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Four television.
- BBC - Awards for World Music 2008 - Winners, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Four television.
- Sa Dingding Official English Site
- Official UK website
- Official blog (Chinese)
- Official Japanese website (Japanese)
- Fans Page on Facebook (English)
- "Freedom is the first thing I learnt from Music" Laptoprockers, December 2008
- Sa Dingding interview from Global Rhythm magazine, August 2008
- "Sa Dingding: China's New Age chanteuse" CNN
- "Made in China: the singer poised to sweep the globe" The Independent
- Sa Ding Ding, the Asian Bjork. The Times
- The Guardian, Friday March 28, 2008
- Biography from Universal Music
- Biography at Livedoor.com (Japanese)
- "Why Sa Dingding has China in her hand" The Daily Telegraph, 18 July 2008