Where the Mountains Meet the Sky: Folk Music of Ladakh

by Various Artists

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    releases February 24, 2017

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1.
Angchuk Ralam and Phuntso Angchuk Kidar - Flute Melody 1
2.
Morup Namgyal, Angchuk Ralam, and Phuntso Angchuk Kidar - Chaspay Lhu
3.
[see album description] - Rgunam Snonmo
4.
Tsering Chorol - Rgung Namkhy Skilna
5.
Morup Namgyal - Hemis Sanag Chosling
6.
Tsering Angdos and Dorje Mortup - Larna
7.
Morup Namgyal and Tsering Chorol - Lar Garlo
8.
[see album description] - Emorie Zonga
9.
Morup Namgyal, Ali Mohammad, Rigzin Sangdup, Jigmed Phuntsog, and Stanzin Odzer - Stendel Sumpa
10.
Morup Namgyal - Harvest Song
11.
Morup Namgyal - Threshing Song
12.
Angchuk Ralam and Phuntso Angchuk Kidar - Flute Melody 2

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Track 3 artist field: Morup Namgyal, Tsering Yangchen, Skalzang Tundup, Tsering Namgyal, Tsering Wangchok, Jigmed Phuntsog, and Stanzin Odzer. Track 8 artist field: Morup Namgyal, Skalzang Tundup, Tsering Namgyal, Tsering Wangchok, Jigmed Phuntsog, and Stanzin Odzer. Music from Ladakh recorded by Erik Koto during the making of his 2016 film The Song Collector, with additional material recorded by Bill Kite in 1992. "Situated high in the Western Himalaya, Ladakh is one of the great cultural crossroads of Asia. For centuries, it sat at the hub of ancient trade routes that connected the Silk Road to India, Tibet, and Kashmir. Each year, once the winter snows had melted from the high passes surrounding Ladakh, its markets would buzz with merchants from throughout central Asia. They brought spices, wool, salt, and silk. They also brought their instruments and their folks songs. Over time, these diverse musical influences laid the foundation of Ladakh's unique folk traditions. Folk music became central to the daily life of the Ladakhis with song serving as an essential form of communication, documentation, and entertainment. This collection of songs is intended to offer a sampling of the range of Ladakh's folk music. These songs also celebrate one of the great folk artists of Ladakh, Morup Namgyal. Morup is an avid preservationist and during his 30-year career working at Ladakh's only radio station (All India Radio, Leh) he recorded a vast archive of Ladakhi folk songs. This collection of over 1,000 recordings was unlike anything else in Ladakh and formed a crucial link to a dying folk tradition. Tragically, it burned to the ground in 2002 when a fire raged through the old wooden radio station building. The loss was devastating, but Morup immediately set about recreating the archive. Five of the songs on this album, recorded in 1992, are among the handful of tracks to have been spared by the fire. Today, Ladakh's marketplaces bear little resemblance to the buzzing markets of old. Gone are the camel trains and merchants, replaced instead by Indian trucks belching smoke. Seemingly vanished too are the folk musicians, pushed aside by the synthetic beats of the latest Bollywood hit. But the folk artists have not vanished entirely, and if you wander beyond the blare of the latest pop song, you'll discover a folk tradition that, thanks to the efforts of Morup Namgyal and others like him, is alive, evolving, and poised to endure the challenges of modernization. I hope you enjoy this small glimpse into the sounds and lyrics of this Himalayan crossroads." --Erik Koto

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releases February 24, 2017

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