Tibet2Timbuk2

Tibet2Timbuk2

 Brisbane, Queensland, AUS
BandWorldAcoustic

Rollicking Tibetan folk, afro-reggae guitar grooves and intricate Indian tabla sound as if they were made for each other! Together, Tenzin Choegyal, Marcello Milani and Shen Flindell create a new joyful sound that transcends cultural boundaries.

Biography

A Country & Eastern offering from the EthnoSuperLounge stable, world music group Tibet2Timbuk2 takes you on a journey from the meditative to the joyous with Tenzin (Tibet), Shen (tabla), and Marcello (African guitar & further west), with special guests. Afro-Asian galloping tunes!

Tibet2Timbuk2 has an eclectic repertoire including group arrangements of Tenzin’s Tibetan songs, Marcello’s English songs, collaborative songs and instrumentals and even classical tabla solo. The overall sound is full and organic, with all three musicians sharing bass, percussion, harmony and melody roles to create a solid yet easy groove.

Audiences have the chance to hear long-time solo performer Tenzin’s songs with band accompaniment, and to hear him using the dranyen in completely new ways as a kind of “world music bass”.

Likewise Shen is using tabla in new ways, including playing bass lines on the bayan and adapting traditional Indian rhythms with African and reggae influences.

Singer-songwriter Marcello harmonises with yet another range of influences including African, reggae, country and rock. Well-known from Brisbane band The Toothfaeries, his songs match the organic-acoustic sound of Tibet2Timbuk2 perfectly.

Their debut CD Music is Life takes listeners on a sonic journey from Tibet to Timbuktu, including 2008 QSong BEMAC World Music Award winning piece, Crane Song. The title track is a collaboration with kora player and Guinean griot, Lansana Camara.

While T2T2 basically performs as a three-piece, we do like to invite soloists to join us for a song or two and have a regular roster of guest artists including

* Lansana Camara (Guinea)
* Taro Terahara (Indian flute)
* Peter Hunt (trumpet)
* Menaka Visvanathan (South Indian vocal)
* Asim Gorashi (Sudan)
* Cieavash Arean (Persia)

Despite the eclectic influences, this world music garage band blends with complete harmony and groove and is guaranteed not only to put a smile on your face and a tap in your feet but to engage your mind and soothe your spirit.

Lyrics

Beautiful Girl (lyrics)

Written By: Marcello Milani, Tenzin Choegyal, Shen Flindell

Hey beautiful girl
What's on your mind?
Don't look so sad yeah
It's gonna be fine

So hey yeah
Hey yeah
Hey yeah
Oh whatcha worried 'bout? Wola!

CHORUS
Khey kyi thug la
Ghang yoe
Nga la shey sum ngang dhang
Bhumo la Tsering

Hey beautiful girl
You look so sad
You can talk to me
It's not so bad

So hey yeah
Hey yeah
Hey yeah
Oh whatcha worried 'bout? Wola!

CHORUS
Khey kyi thug la
Ghang yoe
Nga la shey sum ngang dhang
Bhumo la Tsering

[Flute Solo]

CHORUS
Khey kyi thug la
Ghang yoe
Nga la shey sum ngang dhang
Bhumo la Tsering

Hey beautiful girl
What's on your mind?
Don't look so sad yeah
It's gonna be fine

Hey yeah
Hey yeah yeah
Hey yeah
Oh whatcha worried 'bout? Wola!

CHORUS
Khey kyi thug la
Ghang yoe
Nga la shey sum ngang dhang
Bhumo la Tsering

TRANSLATION OF CHORUS:
Bhumo Tsering (may your life be blessed), share your emotions with me.
(Bhumo Tsering is a girl's name.)

Dawey Wola (lyrics)

Written By: Tenzin Choegyal

Karma khoe kyi thhug la ghang yoe
Daway Wola
Buchung khoe kyi thhung la ghang yoe
Daway Wola

Daway Wola X 5

Karma khoe kyi thhug la ghang yoe
Daway Wola
Buchung khoe kyi thhung la ghang yoe
Daway Wola

Daway Wola X 5

Karma khoe kyi thhugsem nga la
Daway Wola
Buchung khoe kyi thhung la ghang yoe
Daway Wola

Daway Wola X 5

TRANSLATION:

Karma, tell me what is in your mind
Under the moon
Little boy, tell me what is in your mind
Under the moon

Under the moon X 5

Karma, tell me what is in your mind
Under the moon
Little boy, tell me what is in your mind
Under the moon

Under the moon X 5

Karma, tell me what is in the thoughts of your mind
Under the moon
Little boy, tell me what is in your mind
Under the moon

Under the moon X 5

CONNOTATION: Karma, you are like the moon which looks so lonely in the sky and yet its reflection is in the hearts of all the lakes.

Crane Song (lyrics)

Written By: Tenzin Choegyal

Yamdrog yumtso kha ney
Ngag pay ngantruk tri la soong
Ngag pa Ama bhoe la dhu
Nga ro Ama dren la soong

Ngang pa tso la chak ney
Ring shi dhe ko sum jung
Tso mo dharkha chak ney
Rang sem kho tak che jung

Love songs written in the sand are washed away by the waves, but love, though unwritten, lingers long in the heart.

TRANSLATION:

From the mouth of Yamdrog River
The crane leading its baby cranes
When the baby cried out to its mother
It reminded me of my own mother

The crane is so attached to the lake
Wanting to stay longer
But the lake being frozen
One has to make up its mind (whether one can be attached or not)

Discography

"Music is Life" - full info at tibet2timbuk2.com
- available from ethnosuperlounge.com/eslshop

Set List

We can play up to 2 x 40 minute sets.
Possible set list (name in brackets indicates lead singer/songwriter) :

1) Beautiful Girl (Marcello/Tenzin collaboration)
2) Solo song by Tenzin
3) Tabla solo (Shen accompanied by Tenzin)
4) Murphy's Law (Marcello)
5) White Crane (Tenzin)
6) Music is Life (Marcello)
7) Dawe Wola (Tenzin)