The Dalai Lama turns 80 years old today, and he’s getting a pretty cool birthday present. While Songs for Tibet II will feature the likes of an older generation of musical do-gooders like Kate Bush, Sting and Bob Geldof, this year they’re breaking out the big guns — well, that’s probably not an appropriate metaphor, the big… flowers? — with contributions from relative newer acts like Lorde and Of Monsters and Men.
The album, a follow up to the 2008 album Songs for Tibet, is meant to raise money for preserving Tibetan cultural heritage.
“The Dalai Lama is used to the people who are already sympathetic to his ideas. He felt that he needed to be more focused on younger people who are perhaps not as familiar with his message,” Rupert Hine, who coirdinated the album explained to the New Zealand Herald.
The Dalai Lama has long been a supporter of, and supported by, musicians around the world, stretching back to the series of concerts for Tibet organized by the Beastie Boys. He also appeared at the Glastonbury music festival last week, where Patti Smith got the crowd to sing Happy Birthday to him.
The album, which is available for order here, will also feature contributions from Elbow, The Crystal Method, Peter Gabriel