Sa Dingding is a Chinese folk singer and songwriter. She is of mixed Han and Mongolian ancestry, and sings in languages including Mandarin, Sanskrit, Tibetan, as well an imaginary self-created language to evoke the emotions in her songs. She also plays traditional instruments such as the guzheng and matouqin (horse-head fiddle).
Born in Inner Mongolia in China  inheriting Han Chinese ancestry from her father and Mongolian ancestry from her mother, Sa Dingding was influenced by the music of the ethnic minorities while living with her grandmother in Inner Mongolia until the age of 6. She also became interested in Buddhism and taught herself Tibetan and Sanskrit. Later on, she moved to Beijing to study philosophy and music at the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music.
By the time she turned 18, she released her first album entitled Dong Ba La under the name 周鹏 (Zhou Peng), awarding her with the title of China’s Best Dance Music Singer.
In 2006, "Holy Incense" was used as the theme song for the movie Prince of the Himalayas, directed by Sherwood Hu.
In mid-2007, she released Alive, now available physically and as a download in many countries. The Hong Kong release of the album features a DVD containing music videos, a remix of "Alive", making of footage and a Chinese version of "Mama Tian Na", not featured on the album.
In 2008 she won the BBC Radio 3 World Music Award for the Asia-Pacific region, earning herself the chance to perform at the Royal Albert Hall to a Western audience. In the same year, she also released a two track single called "Qin Shang".
Dingding composed a song with Eric Mouquet of Deep Forest called "Won't Be Long" to raise funds for disaster relief after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. The song was made available on Mouquet's Deep-Projects website. Mouquet and Dingding have collaborated on a forthcoming album Deep China.
Most recently, Dingding has appeared at Womad and the Harrogate Festival in the UK. On October 6, her official English website was updated with information about a European tour, going from November 7 to 17, making stops in Germany, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Las Palmas, Australia and New Zealand.
For Chinese composer He Xuntian's 2008 album, Tathāgata, Dingding contributed the vocals for the second track, entitled "Da ta qie da" (达塔伽达).
- (2001) Dong Ba La (咚巴啦)
- (2007.08.28) Alive (万物生) - Universal Music, Wrasse Records
- (2010.01.26) Harmony (天地合)
- (2008.07.30) "Qin Shang" (琴伤) - Wrasse Records
- (2009.11.13) "Tiandi Ji"/"Ha Ha Li Li" (天地记) - Universal Music Group
- Film themes
- "锦衣卫", theme song of 14 Blades
- Official UK website
- Official blog (Chinese)
- Official Japanese website (Japanese)
- Unofficial Fans Page on Facebook (English)
- "Freedom is the first thing I learnt from Music" Laptoprockers, December 2008
- Sa Dingding interview from Global Rhythm magazine, August 2008
- "Sa Dingding: China's New Age chanteuse" CNN
- "Made in China: the singer poised to sweep the globe" The Independent
- Sa Ding Ding, the Asian Bjork. The Times
- The Guardian, Friday March 28, 2008
- Biography from Universal Music
- Biography at Livedoor.com (Japanese)
- "Why Sa Dingding has China in her hand" The Daily Telegraph, 18 July 2008
- "China calls upon Sa Ding Ding" Variety Asia Online, 4 August 2008