Music from India

Sadness, Monpa dance song

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    RK DAT 34

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  • Recording locations

    Thrillam village, Tawang district, Arunachal Pradesh.

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  • Performers

    Mr Jambey Lotey (singer, male), Ms Karmu (singer, female), Mr Rinchen Tashi (singer, male), Ms Tsering Yangzo (singer, female), Mr Lham Tsering (singer, male), Ms Dondup Tsomy (singer, female), Mr Thutan Sherap (singer, male), Mr Ngrup Tsering (singer, male)

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    Killius, Rolf

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    Eight young singers from the Himalayan village Thrillam perform a Monpa dance song, which expresses the sentiment of sadness: “I went to hunt a dear, but it escaped; then I wanted to catch a bird, but it escaped; in the river I caught a fish, but it also escaped; finally I came back to the village where I fall in love with a beautiful girl, but she left me too...” The singers are: Mr Jambey Lotey (d), Ms Karmu, Mr Rinchen Tashi, Ms Tsering Yangzo, Mr Lham Tsering, Ms Dondup Tsomy, Mr Thutan Sherap, and Mr Ngrup Tsering. The artists belong to the Monpa tribe and sing in the Tibeto-Burman language Monpa.

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