Tibetan rapper Tenzin Dhondup, known as MC Tenzin, performs in a bar in the regional capital Lhasa. Photo: AFP Tibetan rapper Tenzin Dhondup, known as MC Tenzin, performs in a bar in the regional capital Lhasa. Photo: AFP
Tibetan rapper Tenzin Dhondup, known as MC Tenzin, performs in a bar in the regional capital Lhasa. Photo: AFP
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‘Godfather’ of Tibetan rap MC Tenzin spits karmic rhymes, a pioneer of home-grown hip-hop scene

  • Some younger rappers with Tibetan roots are nudging boundaries by expressing cultural pride and Buddhist identity in coded lyrics
  • Chinese hip hop had a huge boost with the 2017 launch of the ‘The Rap of China’ and Tibetan fans say Buddhist chants fit rap’s rhythms

Topic |   Tibet
Tibetan rapper Tenzin Dhondup, known as MC Tenzin, performs in a bar in the regional capital Lhasa. Photo: AFP Tibetan rapper Tenzin Dhondup, known as MC Tenzin, performs in a bar in the regional capital Lhasa. Photo: AFP
Tibetan rapper Tenzin Dhondup, known as MC Tenzin, performs in a bar in the regional capital Lhasa. Photo: AFP
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