The Guangdong Music & Folk Art Troupe is a professional performing arts group specializing in Guangdong music and Cantonese operatic performances. It was established in 1958 through the merger of the former Guangdong Folk Music Group and the Guangzhou Quyi Association’s first and second performance teams. ZHOU Xun served as the first artistic director, with LI Tian as the deputy artistic director. Subsequently, LI Min, BAI Yan-zai, HUANG Jin-lan, LI Dan-hong, HUANG Jun-ying, XUE Zi-liang, HUANG Run-gen, and LIANG Yu-rong successively held the position of artistic director. The troupe’s performances mainly include Guangdong music, Cantonese opera, and comedic storytelling in the local dialect. It has featured renowned Guangdong musicians such as LIU Tian-yi, FANG Han, ZHU Hai, and LIANG Qiu, as well as quyi (Chinese narrative singing and storytelling) performers including XIONG Fei-ying, YUAN Miao-sheng, BAI Yan-zai, HE Li-fang, HUANG Shao-mei, TAN Pei-yi, LI Dan-hong, YANG Da, and HUANG Jun-ying. Later, a new generation of talented musicians emerged, including TANG Kai-xuan, CHEN Rui-lin, LI Yan-xi, WU Guo-ping, HE Ke-ning, HUANG Ding-shi, and LIU Guo-qiang, as well as young quyi performers like CHEN Ling-yu, LIANG Yu-rong, HE Ping, and LI Min-hua. The troupe possesses a strong creative force and has composed, written, arranged, and compiled a large number of excellent Guangdong music and quyi works that have gained wide acclaim and popularity.
The Guangdong Music & Folk Art Troupe has achieved numerous honors and awards in various national, provincial, and municipal music and quyi competitions and performances. Since its establishment, the troupe has frequently performed in Hong Kong and has also visited countries such as the former Soviet Union, Romania, Poland, the Czech Republic, Japan, North Korea, Myanmar, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Singapore, and Australia, making significant contributions to promoting Guangdong music and quyi on the international stage.