The Spirit of Tengri 2013

The Spirit of Tengri Festival, 8 June 2013, Almaty

The Spirit of Tengri festival was held for the first time in 2013. It was the first large international festival of contemporary ethnic music in Central Asia. The outdoor event took place in Almaty, Kazakhstan On June 8, 2013. 11 bands participated in the first festival.

The most prominent Kazakhstani participants of the event were: Aldaspan band famous for its outstanding performance at Tengri FM First Rock Music Awards, an authentic ethnic-folk band Hapanasasa and solo singers: Korlan, a virtuoso zhetygen player, and Naya who has an unbelievable vocal. Kazakh rock veterans Roksonaki band opened the festival.

Buryatiya was represented by Namgar band famous around the world not only for its unique sounds but also for its exceptional musicians.

Tuva singer and improviser Sainkho Namchylak, famous for her energizing guttural singing mixed with jazz, blues and avant-garde, performed with DJ Dickson from Hong Kong.

The three-hour concert also included performances of Argymak band from Bashkortastan, Chyltys Tannagasheva from Mountain Shoriya, improviser and virtuosokhomuz player Juliana from Yakutiya, Gulzada, a singer from Kyrgyzstan, and multi-instrumentalist Bolot Bairyshev from Altai.

“This is a new and very interesting direction for Kazakhstan. I know Kazakh music and folklore pretty well. This is an ethno-electronic version. Every festival is now looking for its own path and interesting approach. I think that The Spirit of Tengri festival has found its path,” musician Bolot Bairyshev said about The Spirit of Tengri.

“Historic heritage of the Great Steppe has been undeservedly forgotten. Remembering, restoring and reconstructing the great heritage and culture of the people sharing the same Tengri (sky) is very important for the national identity of all the people who used to resided and still reside at the Eurasian continent. This is a very rich cultural layer that is full of unforgettable experience for almost everyone who touches it,” said Batyr Kazybayev, General Director of Alash Media Group, the organizer of the festival.



  1. Aldaspan (Kazakhstan)
  2. Chyltys Tannagasheva (Mountain Shoria)
  3. Argymak (Bashkortostan)
  4. Gulzada (Kyrgyzstan)
  5. Bolot Bairyshev & Beluha Jam (Altai)
  6. Namgar (Buryatiya)
  7. Hapanassa (Kazakhstan)
  8. Roksonaki (Kazakhstan)




Argymak - Bur baikamys
Bolot Bairyshev - Ak Burkhan
Aldaspan - Elge qayt
Chyltys - Aba chonym
Namgar - Yundengogo
Sharapat - Kok sholaq
Nordic Namgar - My Winters Day
Tigrahaud - Arlan-kazak
Gulzada - Kurmanbek
Radik Tyulyush - Er-le Changys


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