Death of a popular singer who set himself on fire against Chinese repression in Tibet

Dharamshala, India – Well-known young Tibetan singer Tsewang Norbu set himself on fire outside the Potala Palace, His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s resident in Tibet, to protest against China’s oppressive policies and inhumane treatment of Tibetans, and sadly passed away.

According to sources, the famous 25-year-old singer Tsewang Norbu set himself on fire outside the Potala Palace in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, on February 25, 2022, to protest against the Chinese government’s repressive policy in Tibet. He died in a Lhasa hospital after Chinese authorities arrested him.

“Tsewang Norbu’s uncle is a well-known Tibetan political prisoner, Lodoe Gyatso, who was imprisoned three times in China for protesting China’s oppressive policy in Tibet and is still in prison. Therefore, Tsewang Norbu must have a good knowledge of the Tibet issue from his uncle,” said a Tibetan currently living in Canada, citing his information to relatives of Tsewang Norbu living abroad.

Singer Tsewang Norbu’s uncle is a well-known Tibetan political prisoner named Lodoe Gyatso, aka Sogkhar Lodoe. Chinese authorities sentenced Lodoe Gyatso, the former Tibetan political prisoner, to 18 years in prison while his wife was sentenced to two years in prison, in 2018. After Lodoe Gyatso, staged a peaceful solo protest outside the palace from the Potala in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, shouting slogans against China’s oppressive authoritarian rule in Tibet on January 28, 2018.

Tsewang was born on October 9, 1996 in Nagqu, east-central Tibet. Her father called Choekun, a musician, and her mother, called Sonam Wangmo, was a popular Tibetan singer. He studied and grew up in Nagqu. As a child, he watched his father, Choekun, make music, and he began to fall in love with music and sing modern, ethnic, pop and traditional songs, as well as compose songs. He was a pop singer from Tibet and graduated from Tibet University in Lhasa, Tibet.

He composed songs like Tsampa (Barley Flour) and Phayul Log Dro (Let’s Return to Homeland) and others. He was a very patriotic Tibetan singer and sang many Tibetan songs in daily life as well as in Chinese singing competitions. He participated in many Chinese singing competitions, but in one of these competitions he only sang Tibetan and English songs and refused to sing Chinese songs, so he was removed from the competition.

In 2014, Tsewang Norbu participated in the Guangdong TV talent show “China’s Good Boys” and was ranked top 12 in the West Region and top 48 in the country. In 2017, he participated in Tencent Video’s musical idol awareness show “The son of tomorrow and won 9th place in the national final. In 2019, he participated as a musician in China’s first group growth music reality show. “Let’s team up together” produced by Youku, and joins Li Ronghao’s team. In 2020, his song “Love forever” has been freed. In 2021, he participated in Sichuan TV’s Tibetan culture innovation promotion singing show “Tibetan style beautiful youth”.

Tsewang Norbu released a new song in Chinese on February 24, 2022, named, If you have regrets, don’t let them go secretlyjust before his self-immolation on February 25, 2022. Here is his last post on his Weibo, “After regrets, it’s about letting go. I hope if you have regrets, don’t let them go in secret .

One person posted on Weibo on March 4, 2022, “Kind and gentle boy, may you pursue the music you love the most in another world. After breaking free and no more pain, I hope I love you. Then another person asked in a comment what happened and this person wrote: “here no convenience to say”.

“I was so happy with the release of Norbu’s new song recently, but I heard it was taken down, then I read someone else’s comment and I really want to crying all day,” another person wrote on Weibo (Chinese social network). media app) on March 5, 2022.

Tsewang Norbu is the 156th Tibetan to set himself on fire. So far, 156 Tibetans have sacrificed their lives for the cause of Tibet and the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet.

The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) held a prayer service on March 14, 2022 in CTA’s Sikyong Auditorium to mourn the last self-immolator, Tsewang Norbu, who died in the first week of March 2022, after self-immolation outside the Palace of Patala. The prayer service was attended by senior officials and CTA staff.

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