Known as Zen to his English audience, Ansa GaRangDengZhen is a huge deal in his home country of Tibet. Zen blends his Tibetan vocal style with Chinese music and often merges it all into something danceable too. You could describe it as World Folk music but I often get annoyed with the world music tag and Zen’s music gives a deeper connection than most of that lighter genre. The artist often finds himself creating music to soothe a nation, such as disaster relief singles for charity but he also created The Tibetan Alphabet Song which children use to learn the alphabet in school. Alongside years of activism, Zen has been bringing Tibetan culture to new countries whilst trying to maintain the simplistic Tibetan lifestyle where possible. He is currently doing this in Canada, with his world tour stopping off in Vancouver.
To celebrate the world tour, “Alaye” is being used as a promotional track. Although it was released in 2020, it is Zen’s most recent work and it showcases his mixture of traditional folk and modern-day electronica perfectly. You can enjoy the track below.
Find out more about Zen, his tour, documentaries and contributions to Tibetan culture by visiting his website.
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