Music awards weather the pandemic

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Dou Wei's instrumental album Carambola Gardenwon the Album of the Year award at the fourth edition of the CMA. [Photo by Xu Rong/for China Daily]

In 2020, the fourth edition of the awards had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and last year they were again delayed.

On Jan 26, the fourth and fifth editions were released on Sina Weibo, with 37 awards presented for each of the two years in recognition of the artistic achievements of those working in the nation's music industry.

For the fourth edition, which covered the music scene in 2019, Carambola Garden, an instrumental album by Dou Wei and his band Bu Yi Yang, which was released in June that year, won the Album of the Year award.

Since Dou left the iconic rock band Black Panther in 1992, he has become viewed as something of an eccentric among Chinese rock lovers.

With each album released, he lost a rising number of fans but gained support and admiration from music critics. For years, Dou has been devoted to composing and performing instrumental pieces.

For Carambola Garden, he and his band performed nine works on instruments such as the flute, the guzheng (on which the strings are plucked) and the yangqin (a hammered dulcimer).

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