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Lhasa de Sela is dead

ianuarie 4, 2010

My heart is broken, my voice silenced since she is gone… since her beautiful voice has died…since her passion no longer burns…but we will always have her music…her endless love…her greatness.

The singer Lhasa de Sela passed away in her Montreal home on the night of January 1st 2010, just before midnight. She succumbed to breast cancer after a twenty-one month long struggle, which she faced with courage and determination. Throughout this difficult period, she continued to touch the lives of those around her with her characteristic grace, beauty and humor.  The strength of her will carried her once again into the recording studio, where she completed her latest album, followed by successful record launches in Montreal at the Théatre Corona and in Paris at the Théatre des Bouffes du Nord.  Two concerts in Iceland in May were to be her last.  She was forced to cancel a long international tour scheduled for autumn 2009.  A projected album of the songs of Victor Jara and Violeta Parra would also remain unrealized.

It is difficult to describe her unique voice and stage presence, which earned her iconic status in many countries throughout the world, but some   Journalists have  described it as passionate, sensual, untameable, tender, profound, troubling, enchanting, hypnotic, hushed, powerful, intense, a voice for all time.    Lhasa had a unique way of communicating with her public.  She dared to open her heart on stage, allowing her audience to experience an intimate connection and communion with her.   She profoundly affected and inspired many people throughout the cities and countries she visited.

An old friend of Lhasa’s, Jules Beckman, offered these words:”We have always heard something ancestral coming through her.  She has always spoken from the threshold between the worlds, outside of time.  She has always sung of human tragedy and triumph, estrangement and seeking with a Witness’s wisdom.  She has placed her life at the feet of the Unseen.”

Lhasa leaves behind her partner Ryan, her parents Alejandro and Alexandra, her step-mother Marybeth, her 9 brothers and sisters (Gabriela, Samantha, Ayin, Sky, Miriam, Alex, Ben, Mischa and Eden), her 16 nieces and nephews, her cat Isaan, and countless friends, musicians, and colleagues who have accompanied her throughout her career, not to mention her innumerable admirers throughout the world.” (Lhasadesela.com)

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  1. miresmat permalink
    ianuarie 4, 2010 1:09 pm

    nu se poate… i had no idea… ce pierdere! Dumnezeu sa o odihneasca!

  2. ovi permalink
    ianuarie 4, 2010 4:01 pm

    yep very sad 😦

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