The Album


Tibet : songs from exile is a sound portrait of the Tibetan community exiled in Ladakh.

Combining music and sounds from daily life, this album takes us on the high pasteureland of Chang Thang where the nomads roam, and in the refugees' settlements in the Leh Valley. The record highlights rural music very little known outside Tibet : a cappella song with a slow and melodic phrasing, shepherd flutes, peasant lutes, etc... New music forms are also presented, in spired by hindi pop songs or by the need of expressing indentity.

Most of all, the album introducing an endearing population, whose songs bring about a rich past to bord onto an uncertain future.

An excerpt : harvest song


Recorded in Ladakh (India)
Mixed in Saint Denis (France)
Duration : 78 minutes
31 pages  booklet
Bilingual text
Color photographs

Artistic direction, sound engineering, text and photography : Boris Lelong
Coordination and translation : Gyalpo Tashi
Music and culture adviser : Sherap Dorjee
Production : Altamira 1998-2013
Published by : Buda Musique
With the support of AET

Interprètes :
Sherap Dorjee, Ngodup Gyurmey, refugees from Menla and Agling settlements as well as Samed and Kharnak nomadic camps, Sonam Zangmo, Pema Yangzin, Norbu Dolma, Pema Thinley, Tenzin Dekey, Tsesum Dolma, Dolma Tsering, Tsewang Dorjee, Sonam Dakpa, Sinon Yangkyap, Tenzin Nyendak, Sonam Tenzin, Tsepak Redun, Dorjee Gelek, Pema Yangzom, Jampa Yangdol, Jangchuk Dolma, Yangchen Dolkar, Tsering Sechok, Tso So Gyelong, monks from Karma Drupgyud Choling monastery, Migmar Phuntsok, students of SOS TCV Choglamsar, Tsering Paljor, Lobsang Sherap and Gyalpo Tashi.


Altamira also produced two albums with Sherap Dorjee, accomplished musician of the Tibetan community in Ladakh.