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Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Sub Rosa SR 230
Release Year: 2006
Note: rec. by JOHN LEVY in Bhutan 1971. incl. extensive booklet
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Recorded by John Levy in 1971 and released by Lyrichord in the mid-'70s, this comprises the second part of Levy's whole enterprise: to capture not only the sacred music of the Tibetan ritual in Bhutan, but all aspects of the native folk music as well. John Levy was a London ethnomusicologist who took refuge in Tibetan Buddhism, and recorded -- with his nagra-streo -- both sacred and secular music. This completely remastered folk and instrumental release follows the Tibetan Buddhist Rites from the Monasteries of Bhutan album of ritual and chanting, and features performances on both Tibetan and Bhutanese lutes and fiddles, beautiful folk songs, and a part of a drama of Tibetan origin performed by a troupe of yak and cow herdsmen of eastern Bhutan. The latter is particularly compelling, the standout performer being Go-Te Do-Pe, who sings and accompanies himself on the dramnyen, a Bhutanese lute. His two songs bear an eerie resemblance to the blues of Junior Kimbrough and other Mississippi hill country musicians. This is real blues from the top of the world. [label info]