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Music of a Sherpa Village

Various Artists
Music of a Sherpa Village

In 1973, anthropologist John M. Bishop recorded music of the remote village of Melemichigaon, Nepal. With influence from Tibet, this Nepalese music is characterized by unison singing and occasional accompaniment on the damian, a stringed instrument in the lute family that provides a strong rhythmic base. The musicians generally sing in Helambu (a Sherpa-Tibetan dialect) and sometimes in Tibetan on themes of religion, a desire for material wealth, the natural landscape, and a “sense of an ordered world in contrast to the nomadic pattern of many peoples’ lives” (Bishop). Liner notes include a description of the village and its music, track notes, and lyrics in Helambu/Tibetan and English.

Track Listing

101
Introduction Kirkiyap and Dawa Sonam 0:07
102
Mane Rila (Instr.) Kirkiyap and Dawa Sonam 2:05
103
Kangri Kapi Kawa Kirkiyap and Dawa Sonam 3:33
104
Sirbu Sirki Tengla Kirkiyap and Dawa Sonam 2:21
105
Kangte La Shubi (Instr.) Kirkiyap and Dawa Sonam 2:55
106
Kangri Kapi Kawa (Instr.) Kirkiyap and Dawa Sonam 3:51
107
Dawa Tongbu Tsesung, Pema Dabge Mendhok Sharsung (Instr.) Kirkiyap and Dawa Sonam 2:42
108
Gyamzu Tengla Tungbi (Instr.) Kirkiyap and Dawa Sonam 2:34
201
Sirbu Sirki Rila (Instr.) Kirkiyap and Dawa Sonam 1:56
202
Kangte La Shubi Kirkiyap and Dawa Sonam 5:31
203
Damian Duet Kirkiyap and Dawa Sonam 2:07
204
Pasang La Bulti Kirkiyap and Dawa Sonam 9:58

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