Music

Two Songs About Tibetan Unity: “Mentally Return” and “The Sound of Unity”

Two Songs About Tibetan Unity: “Mentally Return” and “The Sound of Unity”

3 by / on 31/08/2010, 09:45 / in Music

High Peaks Pure Earth has translated two songs about Tibetan unity. “Mentally Return” was first performed in Rebkong in July 2006* for a large-scale outdoor performance by the giant of Tibetan music today, Yadong, and his three most well-known students, Kunga, Tsewang and Gangshung. “The Sound of Unity” is new from July 2010 and it is performed by the Amdo […]

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Torture Without Trace: Five Songs by Detained Tibetan Singer Tashi Dhondup

Torture Without Trace: Five Songs by Detained Tibetan Singer Tashi Dhondup

3 by / on 31/03/2010, 17:02 / in Music

High Peaks Pure Earth presents five music videos by Tibetan singer Tashi Dhondup (also sometimes spelled Tashi Dondrup) from Amdo. According to this report by Radio Free Asia from March 5, 2010, Tashi Dhondup, 30, was sentenced to 15 months of re-education through labour for “separatist activities” related to his music on January 5, 2010. News of Tashi Dhondup’s detention […]

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“New Generation” – Hip Hop Music Video from Amdo

“New Generation” – Hip Hop Music Video from Amdo

10 by / on 10/03/2010, 12:08 / in Music

High Peaks Pure Earth has translated a new hip hop music video from Amdo. The group who call themselves Yudrug in Tibetan, Green Dragon in English and Qinglong in Chinese, are from Machu in Amdo and they released their new track on their blog on February 5, 2010, as a gift to fans for Tibetan New Year. The video was subsequently quickly re-posted […]

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Update on Tibetan Singer Tashi Dondrup

Update on Tibetan Singer Tashi Dondrup

1 by / on 04/12/2009, 20:51 / in Jamyang Kyi, Music, Woeser

According to an article published today in The Times newspaper: “Chinese authorities have arrested a popular young Tibetan singer, accusing him of composing subversive songs.” Tashi Dondrup was detained yesterday afternoon while in hiding in the western city of Xining, capital of Qinghai province, where he had taken refuge after the authorities banned his music.” The Times article was also […]

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A Song from Prison

A Song from Prison

3 by / on 03/02/2009, 16:39 / in Music, Poetry

High Peaks Pure Earth has translated the lyrics to a song that were originally written in Tibetan in May 2008 by a monk from Lhasa’s Drepung Monastery during his incarceration in Gormu (Golmud) in Qinghai Province. Following the protests in Lhasa that started on 10th March 2008 and the subsequent unrest all over Tibet, Radio Free Asia reported that 675 […]

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“What Kinds of Songs are ‘Reactionary Songs’?” by Woeser

“What Kinds of Songs are ‘Reactionary Songs’?” by Woeser

3 by / on 29/01/2009, 01:00 / in Music, Woeser

High Peaks Pure Earth is posting a translation of a post from Woeser’s blog that was posted on 13th January 2009 titled “What kinds of songs are ‘reactionary songs’?”. It is through sheer coincidence that whilst reading Woeser’s post and thinking about what she wrote, High Peaks Pure Earth received news that the well-known Amdo singer Tenzin, who owns a […]

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