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Alan Dawa Dolma: Tibet's 'heavenly' pop singer spreads her wings

July 23, 2010

Alan celebrates her 23rd birthday with a symphony
and a growing international audience
By Robert Michael
July 22, 2010

Tokio -- Tibetan singer Alan Dawa Dolma will
fulfill a dream when she steps onto the stage on
July 23 at Shibuya Bunkamura Orchard Hall. Having
studied the traditional erhu (a traditional
Chinese two-stringed violin) at both the Sichuan
Conservatory of Music and the Art Academy in
Beijing, the fast-rising singer will this time be
backed with a symphonic band as she shows off her
distinctive Tibetan wail amongst her repertoire
of J-Pop, ballads and traditional songs.

Known simply as Alan in Japan, the 22-year-old
has been something of an anomaly on the roster of
Japanese pop giant Avex Entertainment. While her
live shows show her competence at J-pop ballads,
it's when she sings in her own ethnic style -- Kham Ke -- that she excels.

Speaking to CNNGo at rehearsals at a Tokyo
studio, she reveals that remembering what
language to sing in is her biggest
pre-performance worry. "I want to make sure the
power of each song is conveyed properly so I
concentrate on entering the world of that song,"
she says. "When I’m nervous so many things are
spinning around my head and right before going on
stage I am concentrating to make sure I don’t mix languages!"

Alan made her debut solo live show in January
2010, following her breakthrough gigs where she
sang the theme songs to both of John Woo's Red
Cliff films. In that performance she finally
revealed the range of her vocal talent to several thousand fans.

"I was quite anxious about it all, there were 23
songs and I was concerned if my voice could get
through it all. I need to reach exactly the right
key for many of them. I took medicated drops for
my throat and ice tea, but where I come from
spicy food is common and I wanted to eat it. But
spicy food and water is not good for singing."

Born in Kangding, in a Tibetan Autonomous
Prefecture in Sichuan, China, Alan moved to Tokyo
in 2006 following Avex auditions in China.
Initially concerned about the move, she has now
picked up Japanese thanks to diligently carrying
around a notebook for new words, and despite
promotion trips to China and Hong Hong --  she
has also released two Chinese albums -- Tokyo is her base.

"I’ll be staying in Japan for most of this year,
but I may go back to China for fun sometimes, and to see my family," she says.

She has begun to notice international interest
however. During a recent promotion in Hong Kong
many non-Asians came to wish her well at a
signing, while the audience at her Japan shows
are beginning to show more diversity.

Alan's name, as with most newborns in Tibetan
tradition, was bestowed by a lama (Buddhist
teacher), and means "a heavenly maiden of the moon."

She has also admitted that her interest in music
originally came from a punishment for tomboy behavior.

The demands of her schedule have left her
somewhat isolated and alone in Tokyo, but since
early 2010 she has been communicating with fans
through her new passion, twitter.

"Twitter helps me to keep contact with fans, it
brightens up people and makes their day it seems,
so I can spread peace and love and I like the direct contact."

Alan Symphony 2010 - July 23rd and 24th, Shibuya Bunkamura Orchard Hall
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