Tribal Trip


Ocean Trip


Behind the Music

We hope that when listeners hear our music, it will arouse their compassion and love for life. Our band is inspired by the prayer for peace, equality and happiness for all living things, as illustrated in our songs and artwork.

Through our collaboration with the The Outlaw Ocean Music Project, we learned that global recognition of our need to save the ocean is the only way we can save the earth. Our biggest inspiration is the belief that life originates from water and that we must jointly protect the oceans and other water resources. Our goal is not to have any disputes or judgments on any political agendas. Instead, we hope to appeal to the need for consensus in a world community with a shared future.

We feel free to sing without lyrics. When we record our current understanding and experience of life, we turn our vocals into musical instruments that make notes. This music sings freely of love for mankind, peace, protection of the ocean, life, and protection of Mother Earth.

Thank you everyone. We hope you will like our music.

Tribal Trip
About Tribal Trip

In 2010, the band came together to perform on China Central Television’s (CCTV) Starlight Road and returned to Yunnan an official success. Founding member, PETR (from Russia), combined the Morin Khuur—the Mongolian horse fiddle—with singing, blowpipes and percussion music. Then electric, funk, reggae and other music styles were mixed in. The band went deep into several minority gathering places in Yunnan, including Xishuangbanna, Yuxi, Dali, and Lijiang. 

In 2013, the band began touring through China’s major cultural cities, passing through Guangxi, Guangdong, Guizhou, Chengdu, Changsha, Wuhan, Hangzhou, Shandong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin and other places. After nearly a hundred performances, the band found itself beloved on the world stage.

Tribal Trip has been invited to participate in many domestic music festivals such as Lijiang Snow Festival, Beijing City Voice Music Expo, COART, Yunnan Rock and Roll Spring Festival Gala, Made in Chengdu, and Midi Festival. The band was specially invited to the Moscow Spring Music Festival in 2014, and they travelled 500 kilometers and toured 5 cities around Moscow. In 2014, on behalf of the Chinese Ministry of Culture, Tribal Trip went to Edinburgh, UK to participate in the Fringe Arts Festival. 

After years of musical development, the band digs deep into the musical elements of Yunnan ethnic groups. Today, we bring together the world’s musical styles. We realize that outside there is one world and one sky, and we must learn from everyone. We hope to sing with friends on the same frequency and to sing that there is a soul in Yunnan.

The Journalism behind the Music

All music in this project is based on The Outlaw Ocean, a New York Times Best-Selling book by Ian Urbina that chronicles lawlessness at sea around the world. This reporting touches on a diversity of abuses ranging from illegal and overfishing, arms trafficking at sea, human slavery, gun running, intentional dumping, murder of stowaways, thievery of ships and other topics.

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