Tibetan music truly symbolizes the cultural diversity of the trans-Himalayan region. Tibetan music is based in Tibet but it is played wherever ethnic Tibetan groups have shifted base in India, Nepal, Bhutan, and other western countries.
Tibetan music is primarily a kind of religious music. Most of the songs reflect impact of Tibetan Buddhism on its culture. Origin of Tibetan music can be traced back to 12th century. Called as The Lama Mani tradition (songs representing Buddhist parables), Tibetan music was performed by wandering storytellers.
Tibetan songs normally have 4-6 syllables each in every stanza. Other forms of prevalent music are toeshey and nangma, both of them dance music.
Classical gar style is also quite popular and normally performed at ceremonies and rituals. Lu is another well liked form at the core of which lies pulsating glottal vibrations and high pitches. celebrated Tibetan songs are, Ah Mah Lie Hong, Sing A Song for the Party, Spring Wind in My Heart, Cuckoo, Cuckoo, Happy Life, Rich Tibet, Home Without Shadow, Antelopes Crossing The Ridge , Paradise Inferno ,Sister-Drum ,Sky-Burial and many more. Instruments normally used are percussion Instruments including singing bowls, tingsha, bell and dorje, gong, cymbals; wind instruments, such as trumpets, conchs and horns and few stringed instruments.
Directory of Tibetan Music, songs, mp3 downloads.
These are sites & cultural music resources which offer free Tibetan songs, new releases, free Tibetan mp3, movie songs, cultural folk songs, tribal music, Tibetan music downloads online, lyrics databases etc. Some of these listed music sites or companies may offer them free while some may charge a small fee to register to download their songs or mp3s. Feel free to suggest us good, clean song & music resources.
http://www.tibet.com/audio/ – Browse Tibetan Songs for Official Ceremonies.
http://www.musictibet.com/ – Web site of Tibetan Music Awards. Flash recommended.
folk festivals – Learn about Folk Festivals, folk songs, folk music of Tibet
http://www.uni-muenster.de/Musikwissenschaft/Hauptbiblio.htm – learn about Tibetan Music And Its Cultural Background