Trash to Treasure: Faulty CDs and Tapes Birthed Reggae Movement in China

When and how did Western music make its way into China? Read on for the answers from RADII!

Nevertheless, these damaged goods called dakoudai (搭扣带) found an audience in the black market. Curious Chinese citizens seeking to expand their musical horizons didn’t mind the faulty objects — anything for the sake of exploring fresh sounds.

Dakoudai influenced a generation of musicians in China by exposing them to a wide variety of artists, from Nirvana to Metallica, and Joy Division to Bob Marley.

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