What kinds of songs are “reactionary songs”?


High Peaks Pure Earth is posting a translation of a post from Woeser’s blog that was posted on 13 January 2009 titled “What kinds of songs are ’reactionary songs'”?.

It is through sheer coincidence that whilst reading Woeser’s post and thinking about what she wrote, High Peaks Pure Earth received news that the well-known Amdo singer Tenzin, who owns a music shop in Lhasa had been detained by the police and accused of downloading “illegal music”.

We are not sure of the exact date of his detention. Our source says he was detained on 22nd January. It is unlikely a person would be detained for selling pirated music, in such a case, authorities would only impose fines. Therefore this is not an anti-piracy campaign; here “illegal music” refers to songs that are mentioned in Woeser’s article below.

High Peaks Pure Earth readers can view a YouTube video of Tenzin singing with Dr Anna Morcom, enthonomusicologist from Royal Holloway College, University of London. If readers are interested, Dr Morcom wrote an article on the Tibetan music industry for the Journal of the International Association of Tibetan Studies. …

Read the rest of the intro, and Woeser’s complete article “What kinds of songs are ’reactionary songs’?”, at High Peaks Pure Earth


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