Just over three years ago, Montreal lost one of its best husky-voiced torch singers: Lhasa de Sela. Known professionally as Lhasa, her music had a gypsy quality to it – loaded with Spanish, French and English lyrics paired with klezmer, Mexican folk and middle eastern rhythms.
After a 21-month long fight with breast cancer, 37-year old Lhasa’s gravelly, passionate voice stopped on January 1, 2010. Her sudden absence from Canada’s world music and folk circles was and is felt. During her too-short career Lhasa’s awards included a Juno, a Felix and a BBC World Music award.
Lhasa left behind her legions of fans and three albums – La Llorona, The Living Road and Lhasa.
On January 18, Vancouver Lhasa and dance fans alike will be treated to Danse Lhasa Danse courtesy of the Chan Centre for Performing Arts at UBC and the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. A tribute to Lhasa’s music, Danse Lhasa Danse features seven dancers, four singers, and five instrumentalists together on one stage. The evening combines concert and dance performance, alongside poignant audio clips of Lhasa herself and is a powerful tribute for the world music dynamo. Continue reading:
Montreal chanteuse Lhasa honoured in Vancouver premiere of Danse Lhasa Danse