Luoluo Tune, which features beautiful vocals and conjures up a vivid atmosphere of life, is a kind of opera that has been popular for centuries among people living in Datong city, Shanxi province, as well as in some parts of Hebei province.
It evolved from Yiyang Tune, a form of traditional local opera popular in Yiyang county in Central China's Jiangxi province.
The tune was formed before the Kangxi reign in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), and even had a rudimentary form at the end of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).
During the reigns of emperor Tongzhi and emperor Guangxu in the Qing Dynasty, Luoluo Tune was spread to the counties of Lingqiu, Guangling, Fanshi, Hunyuan, and Yingxian in Shanxi, blending the local singing and chanting from the region to the north of Shanxi's Yanmen Pass.
There are more than 10 kinds of traditional music used for singing in Luoluo Tune. A type called "shuci" is considered one of the most representative and features a genre of opera consisting mainly of talking and singing.
Luoluo Tune has more than 40 traditional repertoires.