Friday, May 23, 2008

Sonam Wangmo - an amazing Tibetan voice




Sonam Wangmo comes from a little village in northern Tibet and sings mainly traditional Tibetan music. Mixing her native talent with long years of study and training, her voice is a real wonder, with an incredible flexibility, making the young Tibetan one of the most impressive singers in the world. And, like most of the contemporary singers, she is also very beautiful.

The song in the clip is called "Golden Country" (Sok-shen Lung-pa in Tibetan) and brought her a well deserved fame in Tibet and China. One can remark the traditional elements of Tibetan culture on the scene with the Potala Palace image on the background and the traditional clothes she is wearing. This unusual way of singing (mixing of harmony and falset - technically very demanding) is specific mainly to the Kham area of Eastern Tibet, but can be met, at some extent, in most of the traditional mountain cultures from around the world. A typical example of the kham-lu can be also heard here, in a concert given by Sonam Wangmo at Payul Monastery (Payul Gompa) in Tibet.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

she looks great

Gebeleizis said...

Many thanks for the visit. Yes, she really looks great and has a great voice :-).

foongpc said...

Interesting voice and good looks - wonder if she can be successful if she enters the commercial world of music industry

Gebeleizis said...

Thank for the visit, dear foongpc, Sonam Wangmo also has songs in Chinese. I don't know about any songs in English, but I believe she could be succesful in the West, too, only with the right person to promote her talent.

claudie said...

Nice post! It is always very interesting to discover new talent coming from all around the world and specially from a land like the tibet!

Gebeleizis said...

Dear Claudie,
Many thanks for the visit. I'll write more about Sonam Wangmo in the future, as about other not-so-known singers from around the world. Tibet especially has a huge army of talents. There are great talents who deserve to be richer and more famous than many Western artists. In the end all resumes to the circulation of information, so not all things and people who are most popular are also the best.