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Second day of The Spirit of Tengri 2015 opens with tribute song to Batyrkhan Shukenov

10 june 2015, 18:19
Photo © Nikolay Kolesnikov
Photo © Nikolay Kolesnikov

The second day of The Spirit of Tengri, a contemporary ethnic music festival in Kazakhstan's Almaty, has begun with a tribute to Kazakh singer Batyrkhan Shukenov. Festival participants sang Shukenov's Otan Ana (Motherland) with the choir of Kurmangazy Kazakh National Conservatory. The tribute song to the deceased musician was followed by an unexpected shower.

But the change in weather did not faze the audience. The wind and rain stopped as suddenly as it began and the festival continued in full swing with Hungarian Holdviola, Trad.Attack! from Estonia, Kazakh ethnic singer Yedil Khussainov with Satzhan Project and other exciting musicians taking the stage and winning hearts of the audience.

The Spirit of Tengri 2015 was concluded by the performance of a well-known Kazakh national song Akhau Kerim. Arkaiym, Sharapat, Aldaspan, Tigrakhaud and Kazakh National Choir directed by Yan Rudkovskiy performed the heart-warming song.

"It is a fantastic project and it went great. This amazing festival brought a mixture of genres and styles. This event must happen annually, because it is very important for the development of the musical culture here. I think that thanks to such projects ethnic music is becoming understandable on a intuitive level to more and more people. The music carries essential ethnic vibes and energies. For our choir it is one more step towards development in professional choir art," Yan Rudkovskiy of the Kazakh National Conservatory said.

The Spirit of Tengri took place on June 6 and 7. During the free open-air event bands from 11 countries performed on the stage in Almaty gathering more than 10 thousand people. The project strives to unite and preserve the heritage of forefathers through music.

By Gyuzel Kamalova

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