Central Asian Voices

Listen to central Asian voices on this New Sounds program, where we’ll feature the recent album by Tibetan refugee singer and composer Yungchen Lhamo - AMA. AMA means ‘mother’ in the Tibetan language, and is dedicated to Yungchen’s own mother. The songs are infused with the quiet spiritual power of Tibetan Buddhism, and use trumpet, strings, African kora, Middle Eastern percussion and National Steel guitar, all wrapped around Lhamo’s voice. There’s also music from Selwa, the most recent collaboration between the Buddhist nun Choying Drolma and Steve Tibbetts, which sounds like gorgeous layers of ancient ritual chants with electronic sounds, acoustic guitar and percussion. Hear the otherworldly ritual music of the Gyuto monks, the Tibetan choir whose traditional chanting of the sutras is accompanied by both short and long trumpets and percussion. Plus, music in the multi-octave Tuvan throat-singing style by vocalist Sainkho (Namtchylak.) Her deep guttural moans and high-pitched whistles and buzzing overtones (the tradition of her homeland located just south of Siberia) can sound like demons, children, Tuvan, gospel, blues, and opera. And much more...

PROGRAM # 2542, Voices of Central Asia (First aired on Tuesday May 2, 2006)





Yungchen Lhamo


Om Mani Padme Hung [4:30]

Real World #52576 ** www.realworldrecords.com *


Out Of Tuva

Tanola Nomads [6:00]

Cramworld #Craw-6 www.crammed.be

Yungchen Lhamo


Look Down On Us [4:30]

See above.

Chöying Drolma & Steve Tibbetts


Song of Realization [9:00]

Six Degrees #1104** www.sixdegreesrecords.com *

Philip Glass


Escape To India [10:00]

Nonesuch # 79460 www.nonesuch.com*

Tibetan Buddhism

Tantras of Gyuto

Sangwa Dupa, excerpt [6:00]

Nonesuch Explorer #79198** www.nonesuch.com*