The Eight Tones (Ba Yin) of Shanglin Zhuang Minority is the traditional folk music that prevails in the places where the Zhuang people in Shanglin County settled, such as Baixu Town, Dafeng Town, Mingliang Town, Chengtai Village, etc. It is originated from Foshan of Guangdong Province. During the Daoguang reign (1821-1850) of Qing Dynasty, some merchants of Foshan moved to Shanglin for business, bringing together the music of Foshan. From then on, the smart ancestors of Zhuang people around Baixu Town absorbed the essence of the immigrated Foshan music and melted it into the local music, thus gradually forming the Eight Tones (Ba Yin) of Shanglin Zhuang Minority with prominent ethnic characteristics.
The Eight Tones (Ba Yin) of Shanglin Zhuang Minority could be applied in many local occasions such as the Lantern Festival, wedding ceremony, babies' first month birthday, housewarming ceremony, birthday, gods greeting, ancestors worship, funeral and so on. Its content includes joy music and sorrow music, which will be used in joyful activities such as the wedding ceremony, birthday, festivals and sorrowful occasions such as the pass away of elders respectively. Its performing forms are also divided into two types, "Wu Chang" and "Wen Chang". The former one mainly focuses on instruments plays while the latter one includes not only instruments plays but also singing in Zhuang language.