Blind musicians have long been major transmitters of traditional culture: do click away on this list of some posts featuring them.
- Walking shrill—general introduction to shawm bands
- Blind shawm players of Yanggao, and their
- secret language
- Shaanbei: the work of Guo Yuhua, with sequel:
- Bards of Shaanbei
- Shadow-puppetters of Gansu
- Under New musics in Beijing, blind singer Zhou Yunpeng
- The blind retainers of the Qing courtly elite
- The Shandong master Wang Dianyu
- the storytelling session in Blind well
- Cantonese storyteller Dou Wun,
as well as my first two posts on Coronavirus:
For blind musicians elsewhere:
- Blind minstrels of Ukraine
- The Armenian oud-player Udi Hrant
- The Alevi bard Aşik Veysel (here, and here)
- Dona Rosa in Lisbon
- Roland Kirk, among many fine jazz musicians
- Blind accordionist Muammer Ketencoğlu.
Indeed, one could greatly augment the list for many other cultures around the world. See also the celebrated blind musician Ajo Namgyal (1894–1942) in pre-occupation Tibet.