• China: Two Tibetan singers released after serving out four-year prison terms

    On 3 October 2016, Tibetan singers Chakdor and Pema Trinley were released from prison after serving out their four-year sentences in a prison in China’s southwestern Sichuan province and have returned to their hometown, reported Radio Free Asia on 6 October 2016. An anonymous source told the news outlet that they were welcomed by their […]
  • China: American singer banned due to Dalai Lama meeting

    American pop star Lady Gaga is the latest addition to the ever-growing list of artists banned by China for their meetings with the Dalai Lama or stances on Tibet, reported The Guardian on 28 June 2016. The singer met with the Dalai Lama on 26 June 2016 at the US Conference of Mayors for approximately […]
  • China/Tibet: Musician released from prison

    Chinese authorities had sentenced Pema Rigzin to two and a half years in prison, but released him after 11 months. After his release, a crowd welcomed him home. Freemuse welcomes the release of Pema Rigzin (also spelled: Rigdzin). “Many Tibetan singers produce songs about issues of concern to a majority of the population,” said Ole […]
  • China: Government blocks American rock band over Tibet issue

    Chinese fans of the American rock band Bon Jovi have been given a taste of bad medicine after authorities pulled the plug on plans for the group’s first concerts in the country. The band were scheduled to perform in Shanghai Monday 14 September 2015 and in Beijing the following Thursday. It is believed the concerts […]
  • China/Tibet: Folk singer sentenced to two and a half years in prison

    On 27 November 2014, the Intermediate People’s Court in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, sentenced the well-known folk singer and music producer Pema Rigzin to two and a half years in prison and a fine of 50,000 yuan (US$ 8,130) for composing, releasing, and distributing music with alleged political overtones. Pema Rigzin, 44, was detained on 7 […]
  • China/Tibet: Tibetan singer sentenced to four years in prison

    The popular Tibetan singer Kalsang Yarphel has been given a four year imprisonment verdict for belting out songs calling on Tibetans to speak their own language and to forge unity among themselves. Kalsang Yarphel, 39, was sentenced by a court in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, where he had been held since being detained […]
  • China/Tibet: Censored poet and exiled musician sidetrack oppression

    Thanks to Internet connectivity, Tibetan artists inside and outside Tibet are finding new ways to communicate and collaborate. But to the Tibetans inside Tibet, this is at a high risk. By Dechen Pemba   “Music is like the wings of a bird that can fly over man-made borders.” Woeser In July 2013, a musical collaboration […]
  • USA: Ai Weiwei exhibition features music by imprisoned musicians

    A new exhibition by the acclaimed Chinese artist Ai Weiwei opened on 27 September 2014 on Alcatraz near San Fransisco, USA. It features music by Tibetan singer Lolo and Pussy Riot, highlighting threads which connect artists around the planet who face harassment, pressure, persecution, prosecution and even death for expressing their opinion and their art. […]
  • China/Tibet: Artists have to tread an incredibly fine line

    Braving high risks and heavy censorship in China, Tibetan musicians sing their love for Tibet. by Dechen Pemba Tibetan singer Gebey. Photo: from Youtube video   Gebey, a Tibetan singer who had been detained at the end of May 2014 following a live performance in Ngaba Prefecture, eastern Tibet, has been released from detention. Gebey […]
  • China/Tibet: Popular Tibetan singer arrested after packed concert

    Chinese authorities in Khyungchu County have arrested the popular Tibetan singer Gepey following a packed concert participated by several other singers from various parts of Tibet on 24 May 2014, reported Phayul.com. Gepey was arrested by Barkham County Public Security Bureau after a concert that was attended by thousands of fans and music enthusiasts. A […]
  • UN Special Rapporteur requested to discuss Tibet with Chinese government

    Freemuse has requested the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of Cultural Rights, Ms Farida Shaheed, to discuss the imprisonment of nine Tibetan singers with Chinese government. The artists Lolo, Shawo Tashi, Pema Tinley, Chakdor and Choksal have been given sentences of between one and six years. The crimes for which they have been convicted […]
  • China/Tibet: Free jailed Tibetan singers, stars tell China

    In 2013, China jailed seven Tibetan singers after they wrote and performed songs celebrating Tibet, opposing China’s occupation and calling for freedom. They join three other singers imprisoned in 2012. Peter Gabriel and Radiohead back campaign to free the imprisoned Tibetan singers who have received prison sentences of up to six years Peter Gabriel, Thom […]
  • China/Tibet: Two Tibetan singers arrested

    Two Tibetan singers, Trinley Tsekar, 22, and Gonpo Tenzin, 25 have been arrested in separate incidents in late November 2013 in Diru County, according to the Tibetan Center For Human Rights and Democracy. Singer Trinley Tsekar was arrested on around 20 November 2013 and sources with contacts in Diru said he was arrested because he […]
  • China: Increased control on music publishing in Tibet

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## China: Increased control on music publishing in Tibet New measures by Chinese authorities involve significantly increased controls in the Tibetan music publishing, reported Human Rights Watch on 13 July 2012. In the lead-up to the 18th Party Congress, due to take place in late 2012, restrictions on news, media, and communications in Tibet […]
  • China/Tibet: “As long as we perform, Tibet is still alive”

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Video recordings from ‘All that is Banned is Desired’:“As long as we perform, Tibet is still alive” Tenzin Gönpo, a musician from Tibet, performed in the session ‘TIBET: ARTISTS IN EXILE’. In an interview, recorded during the conference, Tenzin Gönpo spoke about the situation for Tibetan artists: This is the conference session about Tibet, containing a performance by Tenzin […]
  • China: Tibetan singer arrested and taken to unknown location

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## China:Tibetan singer arrested and taken to unknown location Fear for the safety of Tibetan singer Lo Lo who was arrested on 19 April 2012 and whose whereabouts and fate since then are unclear. According to the information received, the 29-year-old singer Lo Lo was arrested in Yushu region of eastern Tibet on 19 […]
  • China/Tibet: How singers sidestep an oppressive law

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## China / Tibet: How singers sidestep an oppressive law In a review of a concert by three Tibetan musicians performing in London, Samuel Ivor describes how hidden messages are conveyed in the Tibetan folk music: “In Tibet, due to the rule of Chinese law which bans the use of naming His Holiness the […]
  • Nepal: Police disrupts Tibetan culture show

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Nepal: Police disrupts Tibetan culture show Tibetans in Nepal are facing increased restrictions on cultural performances. Recently a programme by a Kathmandu-based group was broken up by the Nepalese police. By Hanne Pedersen, writing from Kathmandu On 29 September 2011, the Nepal Tibetan Lhamo Association (NTLA) was going to perform a programme of […]
  • China/Tibet: Young Tibetan singer arrested by Chinese authorities

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## China/Tibet: Young Tibetan singer arrested by Chinese authorities The singer Hortsang Lhalung Tso was detained by the socalled Public Security Bureau in Tsoe-town of Sangchu county in the Amdho region of eastern Tibet, reported YC. Dhardhowa in The Tibet Post International. Phuntsok, a Buddhist monk from Drepung monastery based in South India, told […]
  • China/Tibet: Banned Tibetan singer disappears

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## China / Tibet: 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 […]
  • China/Tibet: Singer Tashi Dhondup released from prison

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## China/Tibet: Singer Tashi Dhondup released from prison The Tibetan singer Tashi Dhondup has been released from prison, reported Radio Free Asia on 8 February 2011 Radio Free Asia’s report quotes a relative of Tashi Dhondup who is living in Tibet as saying:“He arrived safely at his hometown in Yulgan [in Chinese: Henan] county […]
  • China/Tibet: Music film about cultural exploitation and resistance

    FILMS ##PagePublishedLong## China / Tibet:Music film about cultural exploitation and resistance The film ‘Tibet in Song’ shows Chinese officials and troops persecuting anyone performing Tibetan folk music. It is directed by musicologist and former Tibetan political prisoner, Ngawang Choephel, and has been described as “a story of beauty, pain, brutality and resilience”. ‘Tibet in Song’ […]
  • China/Tibet: Singer and music shop owner in Lhasa detained by police

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Tibet / China:Singer and music shop owner in Lhasa detained by police Tenzin, a singer from Amdo who owns a music shop in Lhasa, has been detained by the police and accused of downloading ‘illegal music’, reported High Peaks Pure Earth “We are not sure of the exact date of his detention. Our […]
  • China/Tibet: Singer imprisoned for publishing ‘subversive songs’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Tibet / China:Singer imprisoned for publishing “subversive songs” A Chinese court has sentenced the Tibetan singer Tashi Dhondup (also sometimes spelled Tashi Dondrup) to one year and seven months’ imprisonment for producing a music album with “subversive songs”. CD-cover of ‘Torture without Trace’ The album titled ‘Torture Without Trace’ contains 13 songs expressing […]
  • China/Tibet: Singer and song-writer detained without charges

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## The following article was transmitted by International PEN’s Rapid Action Network on 23 April 2008 Tibet, the A.R. of China:Tibetan singer and song-writer Jamyang Kyi detained without charges Jamyang Kyi, a prominent Tibetan singer and a song-writer, internet writer and feminist activist, has been arrested and held without charges since 1 April 2008, reports […]
  • China: Tibetan musicians arrested and “effectively silenced”

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## China:Tibetan musicians arrested and ‘effectively silenced’ Since March 2008, the Tibetan singers Drolmakyi and Jamyang Kyi, the musician Lhundrup, as well as four other celebrities have been arrested and held in custody without charges by the Chinese authorities, reported Los Angeles Times. On 30 March 2008, Chinese authorities arrested the singer and nightclub-owner […]
  • Nepal: Limitations on public performances for exiled Tibetans

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Nepal:Limitations on public performances for exiled Tibetans Tibetan refugees living in Nepal are facing different kinds of limitations of their music. Some are inflicted on them by Nepalese officials, others are self-inflicted “cultural considerations” which limit the development of their traditional music. This description of the situation for Tibetans in Nepal emphasises on one […]
  • China: Online music store blocked because of pro-Tibetan album

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## China: Online music store blocked for selling pro-Tibetan album Access to Apple’s online iTunes Store has allegedly been blocked in China after it emerged that Olympic athletes have been downloading and possibly listening to a music album advocating Tibetan independence The album is entitled ‘Songs for Tibet’ and was produced by a group […]
  • Campaign: Urge for immediate release of Tibetan singer

    CAMPAIGN ##PagePublishedLong## Freemuse:Urge for immediate release of Tibetan singer and song-writer Freemuse joins campaign supporting Jamyang Kyi, who has been detained without charges since 1 April 2008 Last week, the International PEN called for international protests in support of Jamyang Kyi, a prominent Tibetan singer and a song-writer, internet writer and feminist activist, who has […]
  • China/Taiwan: Ban on Tibetan rapper promoted sales of his album

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Taiwan, Province of China:Ban on Tibetan rapper promoted sales of his album A religious group in Taiwan managed to get the goverment to ban the singer and rapper Singa Rinpoche from entering the country for one year. However, the ban only increased his popularity among the young Taiwanese audience ‘The singing monk’ – […]
  • China/Tibet: “singing nun” released

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Tibet, the A.R. of China: Last “singing nun” released from prison, exiled The release of 34-year-old Tibetan nun Phuntsog Nyidron into exile in the United States on 15 March 2006 marks the end of the imprisonment in Tibet for a group of women who became known as the “singing nuns” of Drapchi prison, […]
  • China/Tibet: Teacher of traditional Tibetan dance imprisoned

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Tibet, the A.R. of China: Teacher of traditional Tibetan dance imprisoned A Tibetan monk and teacher of the traditional monastic dance Cham has been sentenced to four years in prison after he gave talks about Tibetan culture and history, reports International Campaign for Tibet Gendun, who is in his thirties, had been a […]
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