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Tibetan singer wins "Best Asian Album" award
LOS ANGELES, US, 4 September 2009 — The Just Plain Folks Music Awards show held on 29 August 2009 at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, Tennessee, celebrates "the other 98%" of the music produced in the world. An estimated 42,000 CDs from 163 countries with over half a million songs were screened by a small army of judges over several months through five rounds of judging before the show last Saturday.
Karsangjamtso "Karjam" Saeji was nominated for the Best Asian Album for his release "Pilgrimage" and had two nominations for Best Asian Song for "Danlih" and "Nehnijih Lirang." At the awards show it was announced that he captured the Best Asian Album Award and was the first runner-up for best song with "Danlih." Veteran San Francisco-based Tibetan performer Techung was also a runner-up with his song from the "Tibet Fest" CD — "Prayer Song."
Karsangjamtso is from Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Gansu Province. His entire family still lives in the beautiful grasslands outside Machu herding yaks and sheep.
He performed with the Gannan Tibetan Performance Troupe from 1991 until he moved to America in 2007. "Pilgrimage" is a mix of original compositions, such as the song "Danlih" which celebrates Karjam's family, and traditional Tibetan folk songs.
The album was created through "Lopez Artists Advance" a project of Lenedra Carroll. Carroll shared the Executive Producer position with music-lovers Michele and Steve Heller. The CD was produced by veteran guitarist Ralf Illenberger. In addition to Karjam's bouzouki and voice, musical tracks were provided by Illenberger and drummer Jaime Cordova. A dozen different people contributed back-up vocals.
Just Plain Folks was founded in 1998 with 60 members and has grown to over 50,000 members worldwide. The organisation supports grassroots songwriters and musicians through networking, education, promotional support and a friendly nudge when needed. Membership is free as are their local chapters, showcases and workshops in cities around the world.
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