Tameka Cottle

American rap, local whiskey: Tiny Bhutan guards tradition as it opens up to the world

American rap, local whiskey: Tiny Bhutan guards tradition as it opens up to the world

The fresh-faced singer clutched the mic and looked conspiratorially at his audience, a few dozen young people several drinks down.

“This next one has some explicit lyrics,” he said.

As a cheer went up from the front row, Younten Jamtsho, 20, and his five-man band, Yellow Pencils, launched into a jaunty pop rendition of “Crazy Rap” by the American artist Afroman. Members of the crowd grooved in their seats to the raunchy ditty that revolves around smoking weed, oral sex and a vulgar image involving fried chicken and the wife of KFC’s Colonel Sanders.

“Yeah, that song is pretty racist,” Jamtsho would acknowledge later. “But people don’t mind. They’re young — they just want...

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