Biography

       Erkin Abdulla Born in Qopan, a small village in Kargilik, Kashgar, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region ,China,On July8, 1978. He started studying guitar when he was twelve , In 1997 he went to Beijing to go to university and started his music career. Graduated from the Minzu University of China ,Central Conservatory of Music and Los Angeles Musicians Institute. 

       

       Erkin Abdulla is a Uyghur musician, music style is Contemporary Folk, Uyghur pop and Flamenco. With his unique voice and superb guitar skills, his music has various elements. Erkin combined Uyghur folk and modern music styles to create a cross-cultural and borderless global music style.

In 2002, Erkin released his first album, and was awarded “Best Musical Album” and “Best Adapted Folk Music” of the Nanning International Folk Song Art Festival.

In 2003, Erkin won The Pop Musician Golden Medal at the Chinese National Vocal Competition. His original song “Uyghur girl” won the Nanning International Folk Song Art Festival’s "Ten Golden Melody Awards". Another original song "Love to the End of Life" won "Best Music Award" at the Asia Music Festival which was held in Shanghai, China.

In 2004, Erkin released his second album “One Thousand and One Nights”. Published “Erkin’s Music Collection”. He held a live concert tour in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and became the symbolic figure of Kashgar City.

In 2005, Erkin released third album "Night of the City" and sang the theme songs for the movies “Brothers and Sisters”, “Love Song of Turpan”, and the TV series “Tengri Tagh”.

In 2006, Erkin released his fourth album "The Story of Dungköwruk". His original song “What's Up” won the “Best Original Music Award “in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region’s Kurban Eid festival concert.

In 2007, Erkin released his fifth album “The Blog”, his original song “Kashgar” won the “Golden Medal Award” in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Network MV Contest.    

In 2008, Erkin released his sixth album “ The Thousand Caves”.

He won the 2005–2007 Chinese annual Golden Record "Rock Class Musicians’ Award". He sang the theme song for the TV series “The History of Muqam”. He became the music director for the Children's Art Group's album “Colorful Kashgar”. For his songs “Mother” and “Helpless” he won the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Original Pop Music Contest “Golden Melody Award”.

In 2010, Erkin attended the Chinese central music institution for further education.

In 2012, Erkin held his personal concert at Baoli Theater in Beijing, China.

In 2013, Erkin released his seventh album “Trace”.

In 2014 ,Erkin became a judge for the TV show “Voice Of The Silk Road”.

In 2014, He moved to the United States to start his global music career.

 

    As a Uyghur musician, Erkin has been focusing on the development of the Uyghur ethnic traditional music heritage. He has fully learned the ancient Uyghur Muqam – Dolan’s artistic essence, created many songs with Uyghur ancient and modern elements, like “The Eagle of Tengri Tagh”, “The Thousand Caves” the best modern Uyghur music. Also, he consolidated, produced, performed and did the adaptations for the Pamir ethnic folk rhythms which are becoming extinct in recent years. He always dedicates his music works to enrich the Uyghur ethnic culture and make the music world more colorful.