From deepest Tibet to a place in The Sun – catch world music star in Hitchin on Friday night
- Credit: Archant
It’s not the usual path to stardom – from Buddhist monk to festival favourite, a new life in London and a headline spot in Hitchin.
But that’s just part of the journey for Ngawang Lodup, who is the big name featuring on a World Music At The Sun bill tomorrow night.
Now settled in London after fleeing to the West, he performs songs about his remote homeland, his long-lost family and his faith on both mandolin and dramnyen, a six-string Tibetan lute.
His earliest memories are of his mother singing folk songs as she carried him on her back while tending their livestock, but tradition dictated that as the youngest son he should enter a remote monastery at the age of 14 and spend long days in study in an environment where all musical instruments were banned.
He smuggled in a mandolin and played for other monks starved of music, and eventually left the closed society and, in turn, his country to seek a new life.
You may also want to watch:
Also on the bill at The Sun Hotel from 7.45pm are Luke James Williams, frontman of fondly-remembered North Herts band The October Game, and rising folk name Tilly Dalglish.
Tickets for the Oxfam fundraiser – £10 in advance, £12 on the door – are available from Hitchin’s Churchyard Oxfam shop, David’s Bookshop in Letchworth, and the wegottickets website.
- 1 Regeneration plans submitted to 'breathe new life' into Stevenage retail park
- 2 Video of woman spewing racial hate in Hitchin goes viral
- 3 Man suffers head injury after fall from moving car
- 4 Stevenage teen sentenced after sexually abusing young boys
- 5 Proposed 5G mast labelled 'monstrosity' by objecting residents and councillors
- 6 Bomb squad attends residential street in Letchworth
- 7 Surprise care home inspection finds residents at risk
- 8 Demolition work begins on former Matalan site to make way for flats
- 9 Train services resume after earlier disruption at Royston
- 10 Lasting tribute to schoolgirl after tragic death