Music Video: “Fly” By ANU

High Peaks Pure Earth has translated the Tibetan pop hit of the year, “Fly” by ANU. For those who follow contemporary Tibetan music, there has been no escape from this catchy tune since it was released on May 19, 2017

*Scroll down for the full lyrics of “Fly” in English.*

ANU are two young men from Nangchen called Payag and Gonpa who make brilliant pop music in Tibetan language. Their previous songs are “Anu”, “Leaving Home” and “Joke”. “Fly” is their fourth song. ANU means youth and their full name in Tibetan ཨ་ནུ་རིང་ལུགས། (anu ring lugs) literally means the doctrine/philosophy of ANU, or, ANUism.

ANUism also includes a group of friends and collaborators (shown above) who work on their ANU fashion brand and ANU Cultural Media Company. The video for “Fly” also serves as a showcase for their fashion label and group of friends who are all active and savvy on social media such as WeChat, Weibo and Meipai. Even on social media networks outside of China such as YouTube and Facebook, the video has easily racked up over 22,000 views to day.

Screenshot from ANU’s WeChat account

By way of introduction, here is a translation of some basic information about the two main members of ANU and their explanation of ANUism, taken from their social media account:

Name: Payag
Ethnicity: Tibetan
Birthplace: Nangchen
Graduated from: Qinghai Art School

Name: Gonpa
Ethnicity: Tibetan
Birthplace: Nangchen
Graduated from: Sichuan Tibetan School and Southwest University for Nationalities, Tibetan Department

After graduating, both of them immediately rushed to Beijing. They polished their skills and studied at the Philharmonic Orchestra during its most flourishing period. They became the founders of the fashion brand ANU and simultaneously established their own ANU Cultural Media Company and their band. In 2016 they released their first digital EP titled “ANU”.

The song “Leaving Home” narrates the story of them leaving their home soil, going far away. This song represents a road and it is also a confession.

“ANU” is the name of one of their songs. It is about the feeling of drifting about, but also their way of expressing their enthusiastic and youthful attitude towards music.

January 1, 2017: release of the single “Joke”
May 19, 2017: release of the single “Fly”

Screenshot from ANU’s WeChat account

It would not be an understatement to say that the song “Fly” has taken the Tibet world by storm, both on and offline and both inside Tibet and outside. It’s arguably the most ubiquitous Tibetan song since New Generation came out in 2010. Voice of America Tibetan Service’s Cyber Tibet programme of June 9  noted the ANU phenomenon and showed videos of many Tibetans praising the song. “Fly” was even the signature song for the 2017 Miss Tibet Pageant held in Dharamsala, India, in June 2017.

ANU may be young and their music fun but both their approach to their work and the quality of it is very professional. Noticing that their leaked demo of “Fly” was circulating without their authorisation before official release, on May 8, 2017, ANU issued the following statement via their social media channels.

Statement by ANU

Statement by ANU

First of all, we would like to express our deepest gratitude for your interest in, support of and kindness towards ANU since we started out. We are trying to continuously create better music for you and we have been very meticulous in our efforts to compose new material. However, our new demo “Fly” has recently been circulated online (on platforms like music163.com) without authorisation of the property rights owner. This is a severe violation of intellectual property rights. We are concerned about respect for original music and musicians as well as about intellectual property rights, we are also concerned about the music market in Tibet, which is why we issue this very serious statement:

Any organisation or individual possessing audio or video files related to our demo “Fly”, please remove and delete them voluntarily. Without written authorisation, the broadcasting and spreading of our music is prohibited, which includes: WeChat, Weibo, any other related neighbouring rights as well as all platforms by mobile virtual network operators that allow wireless broadcasting (China Unicom, China Telecom, China Mobile). Should we notice any violations of the above, we will pursue legal actions to protect our rights!

In addition:
Our single “Fly” is currently being recorded and a music video produced, which will be released soon. Once again, we thank our fans for always supporting ANU.

Certified
May 8, 2017

ANU’s Logo

Please see the video for “Fly” with English subtitles below with the lyrics underneath. There is also live footage of ANU performing recently in Yushu on YouTube and also their behind the scenes video is worth a watch. 

 

“Fly” By ANU

Translation by High Peaks Pure Earth

Fly
When you want to fly
Fly
Break free from the chains of fate
If you yearn for liberty
Then just fly
Then just fly

Fly
If you want to search for your true soul
Fly
If you want search for your highest dreams
Fly
Fly
Just fly
If you don’t fly your life will be over

If you don’t fly your hopes will be wasted
If you don’t fly your life will be over
If you don’t fly your hopes will be wasted
If you don’t fly your life will be over
If you don’t fly your hopes will be wasted

Extending your wings of freedom
Carry those wondrous dreams
Transcending the ocean of existence
Fly to the realm of happiness.
Fly!
Fly to search for the highest soul.
Fly!
Fly!

If you don’t fly your hopes will be wasted
If you don’t fly your life will be over
If you don’t fly your hopes will be wasted
If you don’t fly your life will be over

Fly
When you want to fly
Fly
Liberate yourself from this pointless life
If you believe in the wonders of life
Then just fly
Then just fly

Fly
If you want to search for your most beautiful smile
Fly
If you want to find your own true self
Fly
Fly
Just fly
If you don’t fly your life will be over

If you don’t fly your hopes will be wasted
If you don’t fly your life will be over
If you don’t fly your hopes will be wasted
If you don’t fly your life will be over
If you don’t fly your hopes will be wasted

Break free from the chains of fate
If you yearn for liberty – fly!
If you want to find your own true soul
If you want search for your highest dreams
Liberating yourself from this pointless life
If you believe in the wonders of life – fly
If you want to search for your most beautiful smile

If you don’t fly your hopes will be wasted
If you don’t fly your life will be over
If you don’t fly your hopes will be wasted
If you don’t fly your life will be over
If you don’t fly your hopes will be wasted
If you don’t fly your life will be over
If you don’t fly your hopes will be wasted
If you don’t fly your life will be over
If you don’t fly your hopes will be wasted
If you don’t fly your life will be over

Translation by High Peaks Pure Earth

This video is also available on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/XIWAGa-7jzg

If you’ve enjoyed this post, please watch our other music videos from Tibet using this link: http://highpeakspureearth.com/category/music-from-tibet/

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