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Yungchen Lhamo, Natalie Merchant in benefit concert at Old Dutch Church in Kingston on Nov. 10

Natalie Merchant and Yungchen Lhamo

Natalie Merchant and Yungchen Lhamo Photographer unknown

Singer-songwriter Yungchen Lhamo and her special guest Natalie Merchant will perform a charity concert, titled "One Drop of Kindness" on Saturday, 10 November, at the Old Dutch Church, 272 Wall St., from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Percussionist Bashiri Johnson, who has worked with Sting, Michael Jackson, Madonna and Lionel Richie; and guitarist Bob Bottjer, who has backed up artists such as Ernie Smith and Vaughan Penn, will accompany Lhamo and Merchant.

Inspired by Tibetan mantras and spirituality, Lhamo’s music has been described as "beautifully evocative,” “mesmerizing” and “transcendent.” Lhamo, whose Tibetan name means "Goddess of Song," has performed in more than 80 countries worldwide and at venues like Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, Royal Albert Hall and the Louvre.

Her first CD, "Tibetan Prayer," won the Australian Recording Industry Award for best world album in 1995. After receiving the award, Lhamo began touring internationally and was signed to Real World Records by Peter Gabriel, the former lead singer of the rock group Genesis. She has since shared the stage with numerous artists, including Paul McCartney, Lou Reed, Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, Annie Lennox and Jewel.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Yungchen Lhamo Charitable Foundation, which she founded in 2004. The foundation initially provided clothing, shoes, educational supplies, building materials and also funded infrastructure such as clean water for those in need in Tibet and Nepal. In recent years, it has expanded to include projects in the United States under the name One Drop of Kindness.

Lhamo, a Kingston resident, has focused on music, role-playing therapies and the use of simple mantras to benefit the area's homeless, developmentally disabled and mentally ill. She also joined Merchant and other artists in Kingston for the One Billion Rising event in 2013 to raise awareness about domestic violence.

“This concert aims to bring healing to people who may be suffering,” she said in a press release. “One Drop of Kindness is about connection. We are all connected, and every life is deserving of respect, tolerance, compassion and unconditional love.

"Singing recharges the inner body, and I hope that people who come are inspired by what they hear and experience some awakening and that feeling of connectedness.”

Admission to the oncert is $15 per person or “your own drop of kindness.” Visit for more information.

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