The Birth of the Tibetan-American Musical Subculture
For thousands of years, the Tibetan plateau was a culturally rich region with a non-violent and deeply religious population of 8 million people..... China invaded Tibet in 1959 and has pursued a course of cultural annihilation under Chairman Mao's Cultural Revolution. In recent years between 2,500 and 3,500 Tibetans on average have made the dangerous crossing by foot thru the Himalayas to India thru Nepal.
Tibetans flee their country in order to preserve their culture...
Tibetans brought elements of their culture with them, especially their religion.. His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the leader of the Tibetan nation and people, fled Tibet from Chinese aggression into exile in 1959. In the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, he has become one of the world's great exponents of non-violence. For this, he has won the admiration of the world and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.
Rarely do we get to see a new American musical genre born.... <ul>While African-American and other subcultures developed their music over hundreds of years, the Tibetan-American community is relatively new on the scene. It has only been the last two decades that Tibetan refugees have made America their new home. </ul>
Rarely do we get to see a new American musical genre born.... <ul>Seeking, at first, to present Tibetan culture to the West, their music has begun to blend into a distinctive new style. Tibetan-American artists have begun to fuse styles with opera, rock-and-roll, rap and jazz. </ul>
The lack of religious and human freedom endured by modern-day Tibetans living under Chinese occupation has forced their cultural to seek safe havens around the world. The United States has seen a unique Tibetan-American expression.
Yungchen Lhamo's music is an example of the first stages of cultural blending...
The blending becomes more complete, yet the styles remain somewhat distinctive with CULTURE BROTHERS Culture Brothers is one person, Karma Lama; musician, singer, songwriter, composer, record producer and proud Tibetan, who lives in Anchorage, Alaska.
The blending of cultures and the emergence of Tibetan-American music continues... He was introduced to the lyrical power of rap by Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys. Encouraged to tell the story of Tibet while spreading awareness of the Tibetan cause, Namgyal had introduced a rising tide in political activism in the form of rap art.
Namgyal Yeshi Born in Kham, Tibet, Namgyal happily reminisces on his childhood growing up within a traditional nomadic family. At the same time, he recounts the presence of heavy Chinese influence and iron-fisted rule in Tibet.