Mullumbimby resident Kamal M.Engels’ production of The Gyuto Monks of Tibet “Pure Sounds” is nominated for a Grammy Award in 2011, category “Best Traditional World Music Album”
Kamal produced the album in early 2010 after inviting the Gyuto Monks for a recording session on Kamal’s latest album “Zen Mama”. It contains a rarely performed and never before recorded puja “Jis Pai Bhum Chung” or the “Baby Puja”. The album was taken up by New Earth Records for release and the label’s creative directors Waduda and Bhikkhu submitted it to the Grammys.
The good news came early December that “Pure Sounds” was nominated together with four other contenders including previous Grammy winners Ali Farka Touré and Toumani Diabaté.
Maureen Fallon, who is the coordinator of the “Gyuto House” in Australia, the Gyuto Monks, Kamal and everyone at New Earth Records are very excited about this prestigious acknowledgement and are looking forward to Feb.13th when the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards are held in the USA.