Melong is a Tibetan rock band based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The only Tibetan rock band in the United States, Melong released its debut album titled “Notes in Exile” on July 6, 2009 to coincide with the birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The album comprised of all original songs composed by the band members and received rave reviews in the community. Melong’s music is a combination of different genres influenced by rock, reggae and blues. The band excels at incorporating traditional Tibetan instruments like Dranyen and Piwang into the songs which makes their sound unique and interesting. Last summer, the band performed in Minneapolis, Chicago, San Francisco and New York as part of an awareness raising campaign called the Tibetan Freedom Tour.