Upbeat sound of traditional instruments at The Spirit of Tengri
Famous Kazakhstan ethnic rock band Aldaspan will present their new album at The Spirit of Tengri festival in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Aldaspan is the only band in the world that plays electric dombras (rhythm, solo and bass) instead of guitars. Nurzhan Toishy, the band's frontman, authored the idea of creating the contemporary version of the Kazakh national instrument. He initially came up with it at the age of 15, but it was impossible to make the instrument back then. So he came back to his idea in 2009, and in 2010, with some help from acoustic dombra makers of Almaty he made his first electric dombra, but it was not good enough to be placed in a concert. So he went to Moscow and order making of this instrument there. He got a solo dombra, a rhythm dombra and a bass dombra from Moscow in February 2011. He gathered the band in April 2011 and in May 2011 they released their first English-language album Attila.