Monday, January 4, 2010

Lhasa de Sela 1972-2010

Lhasa de Sela, the Montreal-based singer who recorded and performed as Lhasa, died New Year's Day just before midnight at home following a battle with breast cancer. She was just 37 years old.

Influenced by Gypsy and Mexican folk music, Lhasa's unforgettable recordings and performances, in Spanish, French and English, magically combined power, intensity and poignancy.

Lhasa's passing is a great loss to the Montreal, Canadian and world music communities.

--Mike Regenstreif


  1. What a loss. We will spin some of her music tonight. I am at a loss for more words than this. Godspeed Ms. de Sela.

    Station Manager, KUYI Hopi Radio 88.1 FM

  2. Isn't it strange that Gerry Goodfriend has now had two shows on CKUT since Lhasa died and he hasn't even played one song by her? She was, after, all one of Montreal's best loved folk and world music singers.