The story is — right from recorder-holder-release-compiler Damien Shingleton:
"I made some field recordings in Darjeeling, most significant of which were those of a blind Nepalese beggar at the Chowk Bazaar and the family at the Tenzing restaurant on Burdwan Road.
I was apprehensive about recording the beggar, afraid of looking like a tourist vulture. As you can hear in the recording, I don't think he knew he was being recorded although a friend of his explained afterwards.
The family are Gelong Bhutia, Tenzing Wongmo, Yangchen Dolker (15) and Tenzing Loden (12). I suggested recording Gelong after hearing him when he was at work. I came back the following day and he had prepared the rest of the family to sing as well. Gelong was especially happy for particular songs to be recorded because he is one of the many Tibetan failies in exile, and he hope to preserve something of Tibetan culture.
You can contact Gelong with sensitive feedback and good wishes at gelongbhutia1-at-hotmail.com.
When I recorded the family, they were keen to hear Louise sing, so there's an improptu version of Heather (hc044). You can contact Louise in the same way at boneyl-at-hotmail.com.
Please do NOT use any of these recordings for samples or commercial release. Note that technically I own the copyright and will act to properly protect the interests of the artists involved and would wish to see them properly reimbursed and credited, please respect this as they have no ther real recourse. You can contact me at pa_screech-at-hotmail.com.
All songs were recorded in January 2005."