Tibetan chants have been increasingly fashionable in America and last year a selection of chants and meditation prayers by a group of monks won a Grammy. But Bapu, who has sung with REM's Michael Stipe, Sheryl Crow and Patti Smith, is the first solo monk artist to be nominated. "My record was released in the US last year and has become a hit," said Bapu, known for having perfected the Tibetan "deep voice", a technique used in prayer.
From today's Guardian
* Tibetan Master Chants is released on Spirit Music
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