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October 7, 2005

Singing Sisters of Tibet

Mainichi Daily News (Japan):

Three singing sisters from highland Tibet drew attention with a miniature live concert staged in Tokyo prior to the release of their album in Japan on Friday. The trio, named Xuelian, is formed by three sisters aged 22, 23, and 24, who were bought up singing in the mountains and plains in their homeland 4,000 meters above sea level.

During their performance in a studio in the Tokyo metropolitan area on Thursday, they overwhelmed listeners with the volume and acoustic pressure of their voices. The name Xuelian comes from a mountain flower that continues to bloom in high mountain areas regardless of the season. They have been performing in China since 2003, and made their debut in Japan after a music official noticed their talent.

On Thursday they performed a song in Japanese called "Saita" (It bloomed) and two other a cappella songs.

When asked about their opinion of Japan, one of them said, "Everyone walks fast and looks busy." They added that they felt sleepy in Japan, possibly because of the difference in altitude of their hometown. The place they wanted to visit while in Japan was Mount Fuji, they said. "We're going to do our best in Japan, so please support us," one of the group members said in Japanese.

Posted by acapnews at October 7, 2005 12:02 AM