Ethinic Music

Traditional Songs of Tibet by Chukie at The ATTIC

Kelsang Chukie Tethong

The most difficult thing that a people have to face is to be exiled from their country and have to live on the goodwill of their neighbours. The strongest impulse is to retain their language and cultural heritage.

Chukie was born in Nepal and raised in a musical family. Both she and her sister were chosen to join the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA), Dharmsala. After studying there for 11 years she became an acclaimed solo singer but decided to run a restaurant in Nepal and in Holland for many years.

However after her first live concert in Holland in 1996, she has taken up music full time and has performed solo in several live concerts in Europe, Canada, Taiwan as well as in the US. She sang at the two Freedom Concerts organized by Milarepa Fund in New York in 1997 and in Washington, D.C., in 1998.In the same year, Chukie with her sister, Namgyal Lhamo, and friend, Topden Gyatso, founded the group Gangchenpa. The groups first recorded CD, Voices from Tibet, was released in 2000. She performed at the celebration of the 60th anniversary of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s enthronement ceremony, in Dharmsala and the 50th Anniversary of his Assuming Temporal authority.

On Saturday the 5th September at The Attic at 6.30pm, Chukie will sing the songs of Tibet which interest her most from the pure, classical songs of Western and Central Tibet known as Înangma toesheyÌ and the nomadic songs of Eastern and North Eastern Tibet known as ÎLuÌ. She will also sing some folk songs from different parts of Tibet.

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