"Her soaring voice is accompanied by didgeridoo drones, booming tribal percussion and call-to-response chants, establishing a decidedly epic and euphoric atmosphere."
-- Charlie Cawood (Songlines, UK)
Sauljaljui, a vocalist from the Paiwan-tribe village of Kapanan in Mudan Township, Pingtung, has a solid, powerful yet gentle voice. After focusing on heavy metal in her college years, she returned to her hometown and gradually changed her preferred style while working with the Hengchun Folk Music Group and MAQATI, music organizations near her home. Maintaing the structure of indigenous music, her work has a singualr and immediate appeal with an integration of pop, folk, Latin and world music.
In 2016, she released her first solo album, Tracing the River of Life, which was nominated for prizes at the 28th Golden Melody Awards and 7th Golden Indie Music Awards. In 2019, she released her second album, Insides Revealed. In her work, she holds to the motto of “finding a path home through music.”
In addition to taking an active role in various kinds of performacnes both in Taiwan and internationally, observing life, and maintaining creative momentum, Sauljaljui frequently spends time contributing to her village. Besides helping to pass on the village culture, Sauljaljui is a regualr speaker for the Hengchun Folk Music Group, whoch inlcudes spending time talking with and playing the yueqin for elderly people in the area. She also teaches the guitar and yueqin at several local elementary schools. As a result, she is very familiar with thr thoughts and feelings of people both old and young in her community.