‘Songs for Tibet’ Bring Musicians Together

Published: 2008-07-10
Some of music's biggest stars are coming together for a CD in support of peace in Tibet. Musicians such as Sting, Dave Matthews, John Mayer, Suzanne Vega, Rush and Duncan Sheik are all contributing songs to the compilation CD Songs For Tibet – The Art of Peace. According to Sting's websites all of the songs will be acoustic and they will "reflect the sublime beauty and vulnerabilities experienced in pursuit of happiness, peace and freedom," no word yet on exactly what those tracks will be. The record will be produced by musician and producer Rupert Hine known for his work with artists like Chris De Burgh, Tina Turner, Stevie Nicks, Rush and Duncan Sheik.

The album will be available in stores and online on August 5, just days before the beginning of this year's summer Olympics in China. China has occupied Tibet since 1950. The spiritual leader of the small country, Dalai Lama, fled Tibet shortly thereafter. Recently there has been unrest in Tibet marked by violence in the region. The proceeds from the sales of the CD will go to the Art of Peace Foundation, a non-profit organization, founded on the Dalai Lama's philosophy of non-violence and compassion. Funds will go to projects promoting peace as well as Tibetan cultural preservation projects.

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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We, Han Chinese and Tibetan Chinese, all love peace. Let's all sing for peace in Tibet. While we plea for tolerance in Tibet, we shall condemn all violence in that region of China, including the looting, burning and killing of innocent Han and Muslim Chinese done by some Tibetan lamas and thugs in Lhasa in March. As of today, neither Dalai Lama nor his government in exile have yet condemned them. Instead, Dalai Lama's followers attempted to explained away the violence by saying the Tibetans killed those innocent people incidentally not knowing people were inside the shops when they set fire on them. What did Dalai Lama do at that time? On March 10, 2008, he praised the "brave" Tibetans for the uprising against the central government knowing some Tibetans could be encouraged by his words to riot again, which they did and resulted in the loss of innocent lives. The true peace lovers and nonviolence believers shall not only talk about peace. We shall expect them really to act in peace and practice nonviolence. Then, we will all see a better world.
Posted by: Anonymous on July 10, 2008
I agree with the Anonymous posting dated 7/10. I am a foreign resident living and working in China, married to a Han Chinese woman. I find it discouraging that while proclaiming peace, Tibetan supporters would pull a paraplegic Oylmpic torch bearer from her wheel-chair by the hair to grab her torch. What kind of statement does that make?
Posted by: Anonymous on July 22, 2008
The comment above by 'anonymous' sounds like it was issued from the Chinese Communist Party...complete with the misinformation, demands and threats. That is basically the problem that Tibetans have with the Chinese occupation and repression in Tibet.
Posted by: Anonymous on July 22, 2008
As a Tibetan since the illegal occupation and invasion of China for 50 years our unique culture has been systematically destroyed (6000 monasteries. Over 1.2 million tibetans have died in a widespread programme of torture and executions. 120000 tibetans have fled their country to live in Nepal or India in fear from the most oppresive police state in the world China, we live in fear and I should know I am one of them . Coercive birth control policies and forced abortions are wiping out our culture. The chinese government simply do not understand or don't want to understand. Tibet is for the Tibetans
Tenzin Lama (Tibetan Monk in Exile - Dharamsala india)
Posted by: Tenzin Lama on July 22, 2008
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