06 July 2007

Healing Tibet's Divide with Music

CD Review
Various Artists: Healing the Divide

With the purchase of this CD you have provided one year of urgently needed health insurance to a Tibetan monk or nun living in exile.

Recorded live at New York's Lincoln Center, Healing the DivideHealing the Divide CD cover (Tibet) is not only funding a good cause (channeled through Richard Gere's organization of the same name), it also features some top notch performances by the likes of Foday Musa Suso & Philip Glass, Anoushka Shankar, Nawang Khechog, R. Carlos Nakai, and the Gyoto Tantric Choir.

It all starts with words from the Dalai Lama, and ends with four growly, cynical tracks by Tom Waits and the Kronos Quartet. The collection of artists may be puzzling (and remains unexplained in the liner notes) but individually the tracks are fairly engaging. This and the Shankar track are my favorites to date.

[mp3] Foday Musa Suso & Philip Glass: The Gambia
from the album Healing the Divide

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