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Singing From the Heart - 15 Aug 2014
Musician Zhang Mingyuan began working as a street singer in Shanghai in 2009 and now puts on a nightly performance in the southeast of the city. He has proved a hit: so far, he says he has sold 40,000 records.
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August 11, 2014
Street musician Zhang Mingyuan with his guitar practises a new song outside his rented apartment block...
Beijing, China
Street musician Zhang Mingyuan with his guitar practises a new song outside his rented apartment block...
Street musician Zhang Mingyuan with his guitar practises a new song outside his rented apartment block in Beijing July 28, 2014. Every night from 7pm till around midnight, any Beijinger who craves for a moment of music, can go and enjoy an open-air concert at the southeast corner outside a shopping mall of the city. Though it's held at a street corner and the singer, Zhang, doesn't belong to any of those famous music labels, the warm atmosphere he created and Beijing's chilling night breeze seldom let anyone down. Zhang, 31, gradually became a local sensation after starting his career as a street singer in Beijing since 2009 and selling around 40,000 copies of his own record. Picture taken on July 28, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT)
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August 11, 2014
Street musician Zhang Mingyuan with his guitar practises a new song outside his rented apartment block...
Beijing, China
Street musician Zhang Mingyuan with his guitar practises a new song outside his rented apartment block...
Street musician Zhang Mingyuan with his guitar practises a new song outside his rented apartment block in Beijing July 28, 2014. Every night from 7pm till around midnight, any Beijinger who craves for a moment of music, can go and enjoy an open-air concert at the southeast corner outside a shopping mall of the city. Though it's held at a street corner and the singer, Zhang, doesn't belong to any of those famous music labels, the warm atmosphere he created and Beijing's chilling night breeze seldom let anyone down. Zhang, 31, gradually became a local sensation after starting his career as a street singer in Beijing since 2009 and selling around 40,000 copies of his own record. Picture taken on July 28, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT)
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August 11, 2014
Street musician Zhang Mingyuan plays the guitar as he practises a new song at a park in Beijing July...
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Street musician Zhang Mingyuan plays the guitar as he practises a new song at a park in Beijing
Street musician Zhang Mingyuan plays the guitar as he practises a new song at a park in Beijing July 30, 2014. Every night from 7pm till around midnight, any Beijinger who craves for a moment of music, can go and enjoy an open-air concert at the southeast corner outside a shopping mall of the city. Though it's held at a street corner and the singer, Zhang, doesn't belong to any of those famous music labels, the warm atmosphere he created and Beijing's chilling night breeze seldom let anyone down. Zhang, 31, gradually became a local sensation after starting his career as a street singer in Beijing since 2009 and selling around 40,000 copies of his own record. Picture taken on July 30, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT)
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August 11, 2014
Street musician Zhang Mingyuan carries a guitar for his daily performance at a square outside a shopping...
Beijing, China
Street musician Zhang Mingyuan carries a guitar for his daily performance at a square outside a shopping...
Street musician Zhang Mingyuan carries a guitar for his daily performance at a square outside a shopping mall in Beijing July 28, 2014. Every night from 7pm till around midnight, any Beijinger who craves for a moment of music, can go and enjoy an open-air concert at the southeast corner outside a shopping mall of the city. Though it's held at a street corner and the singer, Zhang, doesn't belong to any of those famous music labels, the warm atmosphere he created and Beijing's chilling night breeze seldom let anyone down. Zhang, 31, gradually became a local sensation after starting his career as a street singer in Beijing since 2009 and selling around 40,000 copies of his own record. Picture taken on July 28, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT)
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August 11, 2014
People listen to street musician Zhang Mingyuan during his daily performance at a square outside a shopping...
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People listen to street musician Zhang Mingyuan during his daily performance at a square outside a shopping...
People listen to street musician Zhang Mingyuan during his daily performance at a square outside a shopping mall in Beijing July 7, 2014. Every night from 7pm till around midnight, any Beijinger who craves for a moment of music, can go and enjoy an open-air concert at the southeast corner outside a shopping mall of the city. Though it's held at a street corner and the singer, Zhang, doesn't belong to any of those famous music labels, the warm atmosphere he created and Beijing's chilling night breeze seldom let anyone down. Zhang, 31, gradually became a local sensation after starting his career as a street singer in Beijing since 2009 and selling around 40,000 copies of his own record. Picture taken on July 7, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT)
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August 11, 2014
Street musician Zhang Mingyuan sings on a sound box during his daily performance at a square outside...
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Street musician Zhang Mingyuan sings on a sound box during his daily performance at a square outside...
Street musician Zhang Mingyuan sings on a sound box during his daily performance at a square outside a shopping mall in Beijing July 28, 2014. Every night from 7pm till around midnight, any Beijinger who craves for a moment of music, can go and enjoy an open-air concert at the southeast corner outside a shopping mall of the city. Though it's held at a street corner and the singer, Zhang, doesn't belong to any of those famous music labels, the warm atmosphere he created and Beijing's chilling night breeze seldom let anyone down. Zhang, 31, gradually became a local sensation after starting his career as a street singer in Beijing since 2009 and selling around 40,000 copies of his own record. Picture taken on July 28, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT)
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August 11, 2014
Street musician Zhang Mingyuan sings during his daily performance at a square outside a shopping mall...
Beijing, China
Street musician Zhang Mingyuan sings during his daily performance at a square outside a shopping mall...
Street musician Zhang Mingyuan sings during his daily performance at a square outside a shopping mall in Beijing July 28, 2014. Every night from 7pm till around midnight, any Beijinger who craves for a moment of music, can go and enjoy an open-air concert at the southeast corner outside a shopping mall of the city. Though it's held at a street corner and the singer, Zhang, doesn't belong to any of those famous music labels, the warm atmosphere he created and Beijing's chilling night breeze seldom let anyone down. Zhang, 31, gradually became a local sensation after starting his career as a street singer in Beijing since 2009 and selling around 40,000 copies of his own record. Picture taken on July 28, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT)
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August 11, 2014
A 50-yuan ($8) note is placed next to street musician Zhang Mingyuan's music CDs which are sold with...
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A 50-yuan ($8) is placed next to street musician Zhang Mingyuan's music CDs which are sold with the price...
A 50-yuan ($8) note is placed next to street musician Zhang Mingyuan's music CDs which are sold with the price of 25 yuan ($4) each during his daily performance at a square outside a shopping mall in Beijing July 7, 2014. Every night from 7pm till around midnight, any Beijinger who craves for a moment of music, can go and enjoy an open-air concert at the southeast corner outside a shopping mall of the city. Though it's held at a street corner and the singer, Zhang, doesn't belong to any of those famous music labels, the warm atmosphere he created and Beijing's chilling night breeze seldom let anyone down. Zhang, 31, gradually became a local sensation after starting his career as a street singer in Beijing since 2009 and selling around 40,000 copies of his own record. Picture taken on July 7, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT)
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August 11, 2014
Street musician Zhang Mingyuan signs his autograph on his CD near a woman buying a copy of it during...
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Street musician Zhang Mingyuan signs his autograph on his CD near a woman buying a copy of it during...
Street musician Zhang Mingyuan signs his autograph on his CD near a woman buying a copy of it during his daily performance at a square outside a shopping mall in Beijing July 9, 2014. Every night from 7pm till around midnight, any Beijinger who craves for a moment of music, can go and enjoy an open-air concert at the southeast corner outside a shopping mall of the city. Though it's held at a street corner and the singer, Zhang, doesn't belong to any of those famous music labels, the warm atmosphere he created and Beijing's chilling night breeze seldom let anyone down. Zhang, 31, gradually became a local sensation after starting his career as a street singer in Beijing since 2009 and selling around 40,000 copies of his own record. Picture taken on July 9, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT)
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August 11, 2014
Street musician Zhang Mingyuan relaxes his eyes during a break at his daily performance at a square outside...
Beijing, China
Street musician Zhang Mingyuan relaxes his eyes during a break at his daily performance at a square outside...
Street musician Zhang Mingyuan relaxes his eyes during a break at his daily performance at a square outside a shopping mall in Beijing July 7, 2014. Every night from 7pm till around midnight, any Beijinger who craves for a moment of music, can go and enjoy an open-air concert at the southeast corner outside a shopping mall of the city. Though it's held at a street corner and the singer, Zhang, doesn't belong to any of those famous music labels, the warm atmosphere he created and Beijing's chilling night breeze seldom let anyone down. Zhang, 31, gradually became a local sensation after starting his career as a street singer in Beijing since 2009 and selling around 40,000 copies of his own record. Picture taken on July 22, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT)
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August 11, 2014
Street musician Zhang Mingyuan waves hands as his fans holding his portraits stand around him during...
Beijing, China
Street musician Zhang Mingyuan waves hands as his fans stand around him during his daily performance...
Street musician Zhang Mingyuan waves hands as his fans holding his portraits stand around him during his daily performance at a square outside a shopping mall in Beijing July 9, 2014. Every night from 7pm till around midnight, any Beijinger who craves for a moment of music, can go and enjoy an open-air concert at the southeast corner outside a shopping mall of the city. Though it's held at a street corner and the singer, Zhang, doesn't belong to any of those famous music labels, the warm atmosphere he created and Beijing's chilling night breeze seldom let anyone down. Zhang, 31, gradually became a local sensation after starting his career as a street singer in Beijing since 2009 and selling around 40,000 copies of his own record. Picture taken on July 9, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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August 11, 2014
Street musician Zhang Mingyuan smiles as his fans holding his portraits stand around him during his daily...
Beijing, China
Street musician Zhang Mingyuan smiles as his fans stand around him during his daily performance at a...
Street musician Zhang Mingyuan smiles as his fans holding his portraits stand around him during his daily performance at a square outside a shopping mall in Beijing July 9, 2014. Every night from 7pm till around midnight, any Beijinger who craves for a moment of music, can go and enjoy an open-air concert at the southeast corner outside a shopping mall of the city. Though it's held at a street corner and the singer, Zhang, doesn't belong to any of those famous music labels, the warm atmosphere he created and Beijing's chilling night breeze seldom let anyone down. Zhang, 31, gradually became a local sensation after starting his career as a street singer in Beijing since 2009 and selling around 40,000 copies of his own record. Picture taken on July 9, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT)
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August 11, 2014
Street musician Zhang Mingyuan carries his equipment as he makes his way from his rented apartment to...
Beijing, China
Street musician Zhang Mingyuan carries his equipment as he makes his way from his rented apartment to...
Street musician Zhang Mingyuan carries his equipment as he makes his way from his rented apartment to his daily performance in Beijing July 28, 2014. Every night from 7pm till around midnight, any Beijinger who craves for a moment of music, can go and enjoy an open-air concert at the southeast corner outside a shopping mall of the city. Though it's held at a street corner and the singer, Zhang, doesn't belong to any of those famous music labels, the warm atmosphere he created and Beijing's chilling night breeze seldom let anyone down. Zhang, 31, gradually became a local sensation after starting his career as a street singer in Beijing since 2009 and selling around 40,000 copies of his own record. Picture taken on July 28, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT)
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August 11, 2014
Street musician Zhang Mingyuan checks his fans' messages about their dreams in a book which was written...
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Street musician Zhang Mingyuan checks his fans' messages about their dreams in a book which was written...
Street musician Zhang Mingyuan checks his fans' messages about their dreams in a book which was written and compiled as part of his "China Dream" project, during his daily performances in Beijing August 5, 2014. Every night from 7pm till around midnight, any Beijinger who craves for a moment of music, can go and enjoy an open-air concert at the southeast corner outside a shopping mall of the city. Though it's held at a street corner and the singer, Zhang, doesn't belong to any of those famous music labels, the warm atmosphere he created and Beijing's chilling night breeze seldom let anyone down. Zhang, 31, gradually became a local sensation after starting his career as a street singer in Beijing since 2009 and selling around 40,000 copies of his own record. Picture taken on August 5, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT)
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August 11, 2014
Street musician Zhang Mingyuan makes lunch in his rented apartment in Beijing August 5, 2014. Every night...
Beijing, China
Street musician Zhang Mingyuan makes lunch in his rented apartment in Beijing
Street musician Zhang Mingyuan makes lunch in his rented apartment in Beijing August 5, 2014. Every night from 7pm till around midnight, any Beijinger who craves for a moment of music, can go and enjoy an open-air concert at the southeast corner outside a shopping mall of the city. Though it's held at a street corner and the singer, Zhang, doesn't belong to any of those famous music labels, the warm atmosphere he created and Beijing's chilling night breeze seldom let anyone down. Zhang, 31, gradually became a local sensation after starting his career as a street singer in Beijing since 2009 and selling around 40,000 copies of his own record. Picture taken on August 5, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT)
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August 11, 2014
A photo of street musician Zhang Mingyuan and his mother Wang Yanfen, who died of cancer in 2013, is...
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A photo of street musician Zhang Mingyuan and his mother, who died of cancer in 2013, is seen in his...
A photo of street musician Zhang Mingyuan and his mother Wang Yanfen, who died of cancer in 2013, is seen in his rented flat in Beijing August 5, 2014. Every night from 7pm till around midnight, any Beijinger who craves for a moment of music, can go and enjoy an open-air concert at the southeast corner outside a shopping mall of the city. Though it's held at a street corner and the singer, Zhang, doesn't belong to any of those famous music labels, the warm atmosphere he created and Beijing's chilling night breeze seldom let anyone down. Zhang, 31, gradually became a local sensation after starting his career as a street singer in Beijing since 2009 and selling around 40,000 copies of his own record. Picture taken on August 5, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT)
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August 11, 2014
Street musician Zhang Mingyuan practises a new song on a bed in his rented apartment in Beijing July...
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Street musician Zhang Mingyuan practises a new song on a bed in his rented apartment in Beijing
Street musician Zhang Mingyuan practises a new song on a bed in his rented apartment in Beijing July 28, 2014. Every night from 7pm till around midnight, any Beijinger who craves for a moment of music, can go and enjoy an open-air concert at the southeast corner outside a shopping mall of the city. Though it's held at a street corner and the singer, Zhang, doesn't belong to any of those famous music labels, the warm atmosphere he created and Beijing's chilling night breeze seldom let anyone down. Zhang, 31, gradually became a local sensation after starting his career as a street singer in Beijing since 2009 and selling around 40,000 copies of his own record. Picture taken on July 28, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT)
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