China/Tibet: Banned Tibetan singer disappears

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Banned Tibetan singer disappears

Chinese authorities are looking for Pasang, a popular Tibetan singer, who has gone into hiding after his debut album was banned and confiscated, reported Radio Free Asia on 24 September 2010.

“The authorities blamed him for singing and recording politically sensitive themes in his songs. They ordered the confiscation of all copies of his CD two days after the album was released,” a Tibetan man speaking from the regional capital Lhasa told Radio Free Asia.

Pasang, aged about 21, is a resident of Nechung in the Toelung Dechen county of Lhasa prefecture. According to the person who was interviewed by Radio Free Asia, Pasang has been inspired by Tibetans in the eastern regions of Kham and Amdo who sing songs containing ‘Tibetan themes’ and praising exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

Pasang’s song ‘Ultimate Hope for Peace’, which is included in the banned CD, contains imagery linking the Dalai Lama to ‘a Kalsang flower’ (Kalsang Metok) and praying for his long life, Radio Free Asia reported, citing another source from Tibet.

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Radio Free Asia – 30 September 2010:
‘Banned Tibetan Singer Disappears’

Phayul.com – 27 September 2010:

‘Chinese police hunt for banned Tibetan singer: report’

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