20 May 2017
It was an enchanting debut of guests from Buryatia and Guinea at The Spirit of Tengri anniversary
Modern adaptation of Buryat epics and virtuosic music performed by the band from Africa have sounded at the anniversary festival of contemporary ethnic music The Spirit of Tengri, Tengrinews.kz reports. The festival is held in the open-air format in the Abay square in front of the Republic Palace. It will take place for two days - on 20 and 21 May, admission is free. The project is established by the national radio station Tengri FM. For the live broadcast of the festival, click here.
Buryat group Shono is performing at The Spirit of Tengri for the first time. As previously described by the musicians, "Shono" means "wolf" in Buryat language, and this is a totem of one of Buryat clans. According to the legend, people belonging to it descended from wolves.
The band was formed in 2014. The repertoire of the group consists of folk legends and epics-eligers, performed by the founder of Shono, multi-instrumentalist Alexander Archinchev. The musician is a master of throat singing, he plays the Buryat and Mongolian traditional instruments: moriin-huur, sukha -huur, limbe, khomus-giembarde and others. For this the Shono leader is called an “orchestra man”. It is said that in his hands any musical instrument sounds special.
In Shono music, the spirit of ancient nomadic peoples merges with the "heavy" rock sounding, the band stands alongside the best contemporary groups of Siberian and Mongolian ethno-rock. By the way, the traditional Buryat musical instrument moriin-huur is the closest relative to the Kazakh kobyz. The name of this two-string bow instrument comes from the Mongolian "moriin" - "horse" and "huur" - "string" or "voice." According to the legend, even the Genghis Khan had his own moriin huur. Made without haste, moriin huur is richly decorated with uljin ornament, the magic function of which is to give longevity to the musician and listeners.
As the band's musicians noted, they are very pleased that such events bringing people together are held in the world. "We are very happy that such events are held in the world as they unite people, so there are no borders, and it's great! In addition, we had a chance to get to know other musicians. We are very pleased that there was a powerful vibe here. Besides, it is our first trip abroad, it was a significant day,” - the musicians shared. It is worth noting that during the performance of the band part of the audience were holding hands together, forming a large round dance, and inspiredly were dancing to the music. "The audience was very nice, energetic, they were dancing, which gave us a great support," the band added.
Following the guests from Buryatia, musicians from Africa - the band Sekou Kouyate (Guinea) - came on stage. In general, Guinea is the most multi-lingual country on Earth, there are 820 local languages and dialects registered here. Usually in one language is spoken by the representatives of a particular tribal group. Almost all the local dialects of Guinea are extremely complex grammatically and abound with sounds almost unpronounceable to the inhabitants of Eurasia.
The musicians demonstrated virtuosic mastery of instruments and excellent taste to music. The arrangement was distinguished by a "tasty" rhythm section, catchy piano and a solo on the Kora. The audience could hear elements of jazz, fusion style, reggae, and, of course, traditional African tunes. Sekou Kouyate band really "lit" the audience, the people were singing along, clapping rhythmically and dancing. Some of the audience were listening to the fountain of sounds from the stage with their eyes closed. "It is my first time in Kazakhstan, I'm very happy to be here. I play traditional music, mixing various genres. I really loved the audience.” – Sekou said.
The Spirit of Tengri is a multicultural project aimed at demonstrating the ethnic traditions of the countries around the world on the Kazakh land. The project was stablished by the national radio station Tengri FM. Over the past four years, ethno-collectives and performers from more than 30 countries and regions of the world have taken part in the Festival.
This year in the square in front of the Republic Palace the following artists will perform: Oki Dub Ainu Band (Japan), DJ Carmen Rizzo (USA), Huun Huur Tu (Tuva), Sekou Kouyate (Guinea), Folk Project Katya Yamshchikova (Bashkortostan), Speed Caravan (France / Algeria), Robert Yuldashev & Kuraisy (Bashkortostan), Robert Yuldashev and Kuraisy (Bashkortostan), Shono (Buryatia), Dudu Tassa & The Kuwaitis (Israel), Marga Muzika (Lithuania), Project Almaty Drums (Kazakhstan) , "Tigrahaud" (Kazakhstan), "Aldaspan" (Kazakhstan), DJ Nariman Issenov, Arsen Superfly, Rustam Ospanoff, Roman Bazhanov (Kazakhstan).
General partner of the festival is Kaspi.kz. The event will be held with the support of the Akimat of Almaty. Technical support is provided by KZ Sound. The admission is free.