Viral funny song banned in Chinese basketball league games

January 28, 2011Jing GaoNo Comments, , , , , ,

From Beijing News

The Chinese Basketball Association has officially announced that a folk song should no longer be played by host team DJs during any CBA games, as it is too disturbing and often brought about nuisance effects on guest team players.

The folk song, Tan Te (literally means Uneasy), has been spread crazily all over the Internet recently and spawned a variety of parodies, spoofs and adaptations. Several Chinese celebrities, including platinum record singer Faye Wong and Hong Kong movie actor Chapman To, attempted to learn the song and later wrote in their respective micro-blogs that it was impossible. Because of its inscrutable lyrics, if the string of local can be called lyrics at all, and the wildly changeful tone, Chinese netizens have given it a nickname “Divine Song.”

Even since the song came to the fore, an increasing number of CBA teams have played the hilarious song during games to interfere with the shooting and attacks of guest teams and put off players. During the game between Jilin (guest team) and Liaoning on January 12, Wang Han, head coach of Jilin team couldn’t help complaining to the technical seat soon after the game started about Tan Te as the background music. Jilin players failed to shoot in the penalty shots for several times because of the “weird rhythm.”

Zhejiang players were also conquered by the song when they played against Liaoning. They lost the game 105-80, ending their trifecta. They shot just 30 for 80, and missed 10 free throws out of 19.

CBA’s latest notice reads, “Some game centers have increasingly seen Disc Jockeys play ear-piercing music, for example, Tan Te, or make noises to interfere with the shooting and attacks of guest teams. This is a severe violation against CBA regulation on game promotion and is therefore strictly banned.”

The notice also says “If a similar violation is discovered in the future, We will punish the club and the DJ strictly according to the rule.”


During a basketball game between Zhejiang and Guangdong


Original Tan Te sung by Gong Linna


A Chinese named Yang Di lip-syncs the song with exaggerated facial expressions.


A spoof of a Red Army’s revolutionary number with Tan Te


African American imitates the song


The piano version


The guitar version


Screenshot of Gong Linna singing Tan Te at a concert in 2010

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