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Mongolian ethno-rock and Tuvan throat singing conclude first day at The Spirit of Tengri

08 june 2015, 09:32
Radik Tyulyush. Photo © Nikolay Kolessnikov
Radik Tyulyush. Photo © Nikolay Kolessnikov

The first day of The Spirit of Tengri 2015 has ended with performances of the legendary throat singer from Tuva Radik Tylyush with the Chalma project and Chinese rock band Hanggai, Tengrinews reports.

The performance of the Tuvan throat singer was one of the highly anticipated at the festival. Tylyush came to Kazakhstan in 2014 for the first time. This year, the singer brought Chalma band with him. Throat singing was accompanied by ancient Tuvan stringed instruments igile, byzanchi and doshpuluur. The Tuvan songs performed by Tyulyush were composed by different nations living in different territories, including those of contemporary Kazakhstan and Mongolia.

“(Kazakhstan) is a beautiful country with beautiful people. All of it is so dear to me. The Spirit of Tengri festival is a place where you can meet different bands and befriend various people. The audience energizes. Such a positive and wonderful festival inspires to continue pursuing creative work. Everything becomes better and bette, and all the extension plans envisaged last year have come true. The most important thing is not to lose sincerity and desire to accomplish more things. There are festivals that soon become purely commercial projects. But I am sure The Spirit of Tengri will not become one of them,” Tyulyush said.

Tyulyush’s lyrical melodies were followed by dynamic Mongolian ethnic rock from Hanggai. The Chinese based band performing Mongolian music blends the sound of guitars and ancient Mongolian bow instruments morinkhuur.

“We have come here for the first time. We want something new and we want to meet new people. This festival has a great potential. In future it can become much bigger,” the Hanggai musicians said.

The name of the band comes from a Mongolian word that refers to beautiful images of meadows, mountains, full rivers and endless blue sky. The band was formed in 2004 to popularize Mongolian music and culture. The musicians blend the traditional Mongolian music with rock, European music and punk.

By Gyuzel Kamalova

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