A prominent Uighur musician who was rumoured to have disappeared into a re-education camp in China’s northwest Xinjiang will perform in Shanghai next month, the event organiser said Monday.
Singer-songwriter Sanubar Tursun will perform at an award ceremony organised by the Shanghai Conservatory of Music on November 4, the conservatory’s head of propaganda, who only shared her surname, Chen, told AFP.
Tursun’s public appearance would come almost one year after her rumoured detention in Xinjiang, where an estimated one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim ethnic minorities have been held in internment camps.
After initially denying their existence, Beijing now defends Xinjiang’s camps as “vocational education centres” that are necessary to counter religious extremism and terrorism.
Tursun is “not only a household name locally, but also the most famous Uighur female musician in the world,” wrote the Shanghai conservatory on its WeChat social media account in a Sunday post.
“In these past years, she has been active in the international music scene,” it added, citing concerts in Turkey, London, Paris, and Toronto.
Last December, news of Tursun’s disappearance circulated online, joining that of other Uighur cultural icons, such as comedian Adil Mijit.