05 February 2006

 

Dancin' and Chillin' at Tibet Blues


On Friday (Feb 3rd) the Bristol University Coalition for Tibet held their Tibet Blues night on the HMS Thekla and it was a fantastic event! With an eclectic mix of music including Blues, Tibetan folk and hiphop, there was something for everyone in a truly unique venue.

First up was Chris Jagger and band who, aside from being a great guitarist and singer, is also an incredibly nice bloke who spent most of the evening wearing an SFT badge on his hat. People danced all through his up-beat tunes and chilled out through the blues, including the song "Lhasa Town".

Next was Tibetan folk singer Loten Namling, who blew everyone away with his powerful voice and beautiful songs. Between each song he made everyone laugh with anecdotes and stories and played instruments including a Tibetan lute (damyin), a conch, a Tibetan long-horn and something that looked like a UFO and sounded a bit like steel drums. He finshed off with a quick tsampa throwing ceremony, covering everyone in barley flour, and over-ran his time, but no one cared as we were all enjoying it too much.

I had a great time at Tibet Blues and if anyone has the chance to see Loten at SOAS on Monday (5pm) I would highly recommend it.

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