Nepal’s Musicians Re-tune to Tradition

Nepal’s musical heritage is enjoying a revival as young musicians fuse the sounds of traditional instruments once at risk of disappearing, with lyrics that examine the modern challenges facing the country.

The Himalayan country has a rich folk tradition, but its unusual traditional instruments — which include a leaf from a native tree that is played like a harmonica — were dying out as younger generations moved towards Western music styles.

That was until bands such as Night, which formed in 2006 as a metal group, decided to create a modern take on its indigenous music.

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Dan Donaghue