High Peaks Pure Earth has translated a song by Tibetan singer Ngawang Tenzin from Kham called “Speak Tibetan”. The song was released in early 2012 as part of an album called “Auspicious Dreams”.
The song is an appeal to Tibetans to speak Tibetan language, study Tibetan culture, take pride in being Tibetan and to unite, themes common to Tibetan songs after 2008. Recent popular songs about Tibetan language include “30 Alphabets” by Kalsang Tenzin and “Gold Greater than Yellow Gold” by Tsewang Lhamo.
This is the ninth weekly music video translated by High Peaks Pure Earth since the song series started in November 2012 with “Song of Sorrow” by Dawoe. Check back next week for another great music video from Tibet and be sure to also go back and watch our other videos using this link: http://highpeakspureearth.com/category/music-from-tibet/
Below are the subtitled music video and translated lyrics of “Speak Tibetan” by Ngawang Tenzin.
By Ngawang Tenzin
The all-seeing Panchen Rinpoche said…
If you are ashamed to speak Tibetan
You don’t have to speak it
If you are ashamed to wear Tibetan dress
You don’t have to wear it
What will you do about your flesh and bone
Children of Tibet, speak Tibetan!
If the children of Tibet do not speak Tibetan
This is not honouring Tibetans
Study our culture!
The children of Tibet need to study our culture
If the children of Tibet do not possess our culture
You cannot be the inheritor of Tibetan kinship
Let Tibetans unite amongst ourselves!
If we have no unity as Tibetans
Tibetans cannot be said to be brothers and sisters
Let’s have pride!
Children of Tibet need to have pride
If the children of Tibet don’t have pride
You cannot call yourself a child of Tibet
[Translation by High Peaks Pure Earth]
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