Wanderlust is the natural for the majority of mankind. That's the reason to say that all of us are a little bit nomads. There are many possibilities of traveling: visiting another countires, cities, continents in reality ... or using one's imagination.
This CD is one more invitation to ancient Tuva. Many Tuvan musicians and singers have huge success performing and releasing their records all over the world.
Increasing the glory of Tuvan musical culture and expanding its geographical borders, these remarkable artists make invaluable contribution to the history of development of Tuvan oral musical creative work.
Maybe these listeners who are familiar with Tuvan culture can ask why throat singing, that is cultural synonym to this small central asian country, is presented so poorly in this CD. Here's the explanation.
Most of those people who recorded Tuvan national music tried to concentrate as most as possible in singers that work in throat singing style khoomei. We had another aim - to show singing creation of the people of Tuva in its wholeness and especially its today's condition.
Khoomey (as any unique phenomenon) cannot exist separately from other styles of national musical creativity and especially from singing.
Singing, being a source and a mirror of a nation's spiritual life, is a symbol of national identity. It is very important to keep this identity, especially in our hectic time, because of the great number of foreing "ready-made" production flow over our suddenly "free" market, spreading it's tentacles to souls and minds of the young generation of listeners.
With the recording and release of this CD we hope that the new generation of listeners in Tuva and other countries will appreciate these beautiful melodies and keep it for the future.
We want to believe that this work is last but not least a documentation of Tuva's musical folklore. This compilation is a collection of songs performed by singers from the Ovyur region only, and we hope to collect other Tuvan region's songs and release it as a separate compilation.
Sainkho Namtchylak and Otkun Dostai
Listen to: Churtum Yrak Kukugru Men
(I was born faraway),
by Opal Agbaan-Shyyrap
and Dostai Otkun (Igil)
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