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Bhoe-dokz-shi
Interview with Tsering Dorjee by Diki Yangzom

Photo: Bhoedokzshi. Contact Bhoe-dokz-shi at bhoedokzshi@hotmail.com.

1. Your name/Age/location/what is your role in the band?

Tsering Dorjee/ 18/ Seaside, California. My role is to play Tibetan lute and sing.

2. Why the name “Bhoe-dokz-shi”? Why not something else?

The name of the band already existed even before I was invited to the band. However it can relate to today’s Bhoedokzshi band group because we are four friends and in addition we are all Tibetans. So therefore we call ourselves Bhoedokzshi.

3. From where did the idea for the band originate?

Prior to being part of this wonderful band group, we were just good friends that met occasionally and would sing and play instruments together. Then Gyaltsen and Chodar had the idea of forming a group for a band, so they found Tsenorbu and Choegyal. They were the original Bhoedokzshi at first. They are the ones to come up with the band name and I find it interesting and am proud to be part of them now.

4. How do you work together since you all do not live in one location?

Well, we mostly look for holiday breaks and other long breaks such as winter and summer. Those are the times we meet together and practice singing and recording our songs.

5. How did the whole album come together?

First of all I would give a warm credit to Gyaltsen and Chodar for putting up with all the hard work in composing songs and music. Basically they two are the ones who did most of the job while my brother Lhanze and I came along and did the vocals and mixture of the Tibetan instruments.

6. You do realize you are the first Tib boy band from the US, what do you think of that?

Yes indeed. All I can say is that I am happy to be part of this wonderful band and also that our goal is to bring younger Tibetan generations to pay a closer attention to Tibetan music.

7. What song is your favorite? Why?

My favorite song from our first album, One Monlam, is Bhoe La Logk ney dro. The song basically is a patriotic song for Tibetans. With this song we are sending messages out to Tibetans to bring courage within them for our country.

8. What did you learn from this experience that you’d like to share with the Migyul audience?

"I just feel that if you put your mind and effort into anything you enjoy doing, then success can be found."

I find this experience to be very interesting, especially since we were all distanced. I just feel that if you put your mind and effort into anything you enjoy doing, then success can be found.

9. What is your focus audience? Old, young, girls, boys ... etc?

In our first album, our target audience would be all the Tibetans no matter what age group they belong to because we have Tibetan freedom songs for all and a few love songs as well, especially for the younger ones. Being at this stage of life, we need love for our beautiful Tibetan ladies. So those love songs are for all the Tibetan ladies out there.

10. How can people get access to your album, how can they know more about you?

They can find out more about our group by going to bhoedokzshi.vzz.net. Although this is our temporary Web page, we will keep our fans updated on our new Web page.

11. Should people expect another album out ... eventually?

Yes, People should expect another album. We, Bhoedokzhi, are working hard on our next album and would recommend people to get it when it is released because we have some quality songs coming soon.

12. Taking this opportunity, would you like to thank anyone?

First of all I would like to thank my family, Gyaltsen, Chodar, Tsenorbu and rest of my friends.

13. Have you done shows and concerts? Are you planning on doing so?

Yes we were able to perform in Vancouver BC, Canada and San Francisco, California. Also we are planning on doing future concerts soon.

14. How do you relate to each other as band members? Do you all get along fine?

"Yes, we do get along very well because we support one another’s individual talent and have respect for one another."

Yes, we do get along very well because we support one another’s individual talent and have respect for one another.

15. What would you like to say to other people who might be thinking of coming out with their own albums?

Stay focused. Keep it real. Sing for the freedom of Tibet.

16. Do you consider yourselves musical artists?

Yes, because I am also in a band called Semshug Pundha located in San Francisco, California. We do Tibetan traditional dance and music. I have been performing all over the US and Canada as well. My role in the group is singing.