Little Hands – Movie by Mher Hovvyan with original Venustribes Music


“Mher Hovvyan’s images express what words can’t say. And our music gave a voice to those who very often are not seen or heard. We wrote the song for survivors of child abuse; emotional, sexual, physical. Mher made his film for humanity.
Where do the two messages meet? Children are the warriors and peacekeepers, the victors, victims and survivors. The followers, leaders, lovers, husbands, wives, parents of tomorrow.
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This ballad is a letter.
Song and clip where inspired by Nigel Morris’ article “Missing: Monks who defied Beijing”, The Independent, UK, 25th of March 2008. Tibetan Monk Lobsang and 14 fellow monks were arrested in 2008. Lobsang was 15 years of age. This letter is for Lobsang.

“Human spirit is a flower striving towards sunlight even under harshest conditions … people who truly understand the meaning of the butterfly will understand.” Jose DeChamp

Piano by Willie Wilkec

Siddhartha River Gospel


“When The Earth is sick, the animals will begin to dissapear. When that happens, the Warriors of the Rainbow will come to save them.”
Chief Seattle

‘Siddhartha’ was not planed to have a message as such. Venustribes are not political activists, just an art project aiming to be mindful. As for connectedness and spirituality  … being musicians brought up within Western culture we know that we do not know.
Yet ‘Siddhartha’ somehow tuned into voices of Gaia – cries for change and a return to Earth Consciousness. Chief Raoni’s cry went into this music, as did the cries of others who still remember – who are still in tune. We just listened as best as we could.

RED GAIA (Gaia Ab Aeterno / Siddhartha Album)


“Human beings as part of an amazingly beautiful all-one Gaia System or earth-system … Western culture has disconnected somehow. I am just as disconnected as most people around me. And just as helpless. But sometimes I can hear a faint calling so I keep on walking towards it.
Song ‘Red Gaia’ is an apocalyptic manifestation of this state of mind ……. Whilst writing album ‘Siddhartha’ Chief Raoni’s cry went into this music; as did the cries of many from the abundant tribes of Gaia who Remember.”

Siddhartha is dedicated to the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers. To the Kogi Mamas of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta – Gonavindua Tairona Elder Brothers and Guardians of Water. To Chief Raoni, Chief of the Xingu Indigenous Lands of Brazil.


The Perfume of the Heart – told by fire dancer Dug

“… being true to your self is a deepening experience. And that has a way of freeing us so that we might speak from the heart… 

I feel that we are student’s of this…

I‘m a fire dancer and I do shows at festival. Once I was fire-dancing at a festival, when at the back of the crowd I could hear – along with the clapping – a voice saying: “ Ah it’s only practice.” 
After every show at this festival … “Ah its only practice…” And so I set out to find this person to see what there problem was. After some time I found the man who had said this. He was selling scented oils, and had two bowls of scented oil that were filling the air with a wonderful aroma. 
I asked him, “ What do you mean, its only practice? What I do is an art, it has finesse, beauty, passion, grace, timing, and even love in it. And you are selling perfume – anyone can do that!” 

He said he would show me something and picked up a bowl of scented oil and pored it into one of those Egyptian perfume bottles with the tiniest neck to them. He did this without spilling a drop; and said “It’s only practice now you try.” 

I understood then, that it was only practice… that it did have all the qualities in the fire dancing I said it had but to attain them was just a matter of practice. 
He added that what ever you practice you will get good at it, and then he said:
‘Ask your self what do you practice. “

I felt that I had practiced being a bit offended by what I thought were unfair comments … and what a waste of time that was. 

So asked him, what he would recommend I should practice? 
He said: “Practice that peace that is the perfume of the heart … 
So I meditated on this, and found it is possible to do this. 
But it’s not as easy as you might think …

… need’s a bit of practice…”



Blog to Venustribes Song ‘Lobsang’s Prayer To Buddha’ (Album 7 Colours)

Dedicated to a Human Rights Prisoner

Lobsang’s face was that of a boy. Looking much younger than his 15 years of age. His face was on the front page of a national newspaper in March 2008. A little picture. 13 other pass port size pictures where next to him. All of them surrounding a headline: ‘MISSING: MONKS WHO DEFIED BEIJING’

All those faces … I do not know why it was Lobsang, who especially captured my heart. Perhaps it was because his name means something in my mother-language; singing praise. Perhaps because he was the youngest. Perhaps because in that photograph he looked strangely familiar.

I read, that he and his friends where beaten on their arrest. That nobody has heard from them since. I do not know, if Lobsang is alive.
I had been working on “Lobsang’s Prayer to Buddha” for some time. I wanted this tune to capture a dialog between a person in despair and a Higher Power. The news headlines in March 2008 got interwoven in the process. I could not help but picture Lobsang in a cold, dark cell, trying to pray, trying to keep his sanity in an insane environment. So I dedicated this music to Lobsang; a Human Rights Prisoner who is suffering horrific consequences for his civil courage.

Maybe on some level I wanted to reach him with this tune, perhaps reach people, who could help. Of course it is a vain attempt. Writing about The Unspeakable on my warm work space and from a safe life.
That is what I do – I observe, write and sing.

It is not enough and I bite my lip because I know.

My thoughts are with Lobsang’s family, his mother and father and the monks, who are his brothers in his monastery.

How would I feel, if it was my son out there?

I am sending my love and respect.

The 14 monks are

Gelek Pel (32)
Lobsang (15)
Lobsang Ngodup (29)
Lobsang Thukjey (19)
Lobsher (20)
Thupdon (24)
Thupwang (30)
Trulku Tenpa Rigsang (26)
Tsegyan (22)
Tsultrim Palden (20)
Soepa (30)
Samten (17)
Pema Garwang (30)
Lodoe (30)

I am aware there are many like the 14 monks from Tibet; women, children and men in all continents of the world.
For me, it needed the tiny picture in a newspaper, to connect.
The face of the honourable monk

Nigel Morris, Missing: Monks who defied Beijing, Independent, UK, 25th of March 2008


The Monks mentioned in Nigel Morris’ article are in detention (exceptions Soepa and Lobsher, who do not seem to be in any data). It appears to be very little information on Tibetan Political Prisoners, but it is known that Lodroe was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment. The likelihood unfortunately is that the other were also sentenced to a similar period. Their names are known to both rights groups and the Foreign Office and this may again be raised at the forthcoming UK/China Human Rights Dialogue, but often the Chinese authorities do not respond to queries regarding individual cases.
Tibet support groups continue to lobby and campaign for their release.

A friend wrote the following to me: 
“I’m afraid there is no good news. According to International Campaign for Tibet’s latest political prisoner list the monks are still in detention and there is very little information about them. The only names I cannot match are that of Soepa and Lobsher. All the others – a few with alternate spellings – are accounted for in the list with the right age, date and place of arrest. I believe the name Tsegyan on your list to actually be Tsering Gyatso, who was one of the monks arrested and who has the same age.

According to ICT Lobsang Ngodrub is currently detained at Chushur Prison, with no details of his sentence. The only one of the monks we have more info on is Lodroe, who is also at Chushur Prison and who was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in April 2009. I have to say with a heavy heart that the likelihood is that all of those monks are serving the same, or similar sentences and are also likely to be in the same prison, although this cannot be known for sure. 
The thought of little Lobsang, now 16 years old, spending the next decade behind bars is particularly distressing.

Dhondup Wangchen, director of the film “Leaving Fear Behind, which documents the views of ordinary Tibetans prior to the protests of March 08, was sentenced to 6 years imprisonment. Given that his case was a high profile one which was pushed hard by rights groups, it is very worrying.