6 June 2017
Participants of nomadic culture festival Nomad Way to impress the audience performing Kazakh songs
Participants of the nomadic culture festival Nomad Way, which will be held from 11 to 15 June in Astana, will please the audience with the performance of Kazakh songs. In particular, the Kazakh band "Aldaspan", the band from Bashkortostan "Argymak" and the Norwegian-Buryat project Nordic Namgar have prepared a special music program, Tengrinews.kz reports. The largest music event in Eurasia will be held with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the premises of the ethno-cultural complex EthnoAul.
"The band "Aldaspan" will present a varied program. We have prepared about 10 songs, including both folk and original songs. The Eurasian culture is very poorly represented in the world cultural mainstream. The nomadic culture of Eurasia is a mystery which hasn’t been disclosed completely. Thus, these festivals are vital; there should be a lot of them. Turk-Mongolian culture is very close to us. Therefore, carrying out joint festivals is very important; we must show people the different shades of our great ethno-group. "Aldaspan" is inviting you to a Nomad Way Festival. Come and you will witness a very colorful and outstanding show. Welcome and see you there,” - shared the band's founder Nurjan Toyshy.
"Aldaspan" is a unique Kazakhstani team playing the electric dombra. Their song lyrics come from ancient Turkic martial epics, full of courage and glorifying the exploits of heroes. The musicians style concept dictated the need to call the band as "Aldaspan", which means “a heavy sword to fight with the soldiers in armor” in Kazakh.
The Argymak band from Bashkortostan is also going to surprise the guests of the Nomad Way festival with their new program. The musicians will perform songs already loved by the audience as well as new ones. "We have prepared a super-program, I'm sure everyone will like it! The music of nomadic peoples is close to us, and we are going to rock at the festival," - the members of the Argymak band said.
Argymak is an ethno-rock band. They have Bashkir folk songs, melodies, kubaira (legends), epics, legends in their repertoire. They also perform original songs written by the band in different styles and directions. Kurai is a legendary Bashkir wind instrument, one of the varieties of flutes. It is considered a hallmark of the country. The Bashkirs themselves call it the voice of their ancestors.
The Nomad Way festival and musicians from the multi-ethnic Norwegian-Buryat project Nordic Namgar are looking forward to the start. In their opinion, ethnic festivals are very important, as they not only make people remember and take pride in their culture, but also introduce the culture of other nations.
"We are very much eager to perform in Astana, we will play our new songs, as well as a couple of traditional Buryat songs, but in modern version. I hope the audience is excited. It is very important for us to show the music of nomadic culture. Music is one of ways to be proud of our culture and to represent it. This is the vital part. We are very much looking forward to the Nomad Way festival and we really want to hear a lot of other music, as well as get to know many amazing people. We hope to understand and see more of the Kazakh culture. There is a lot in common between Norway and Kazakhstan, both countries have powerful and beautiful environment, and this gives a special look to people from these countries, " - said the founder of the Nordic Namgar project, Ole Jorn Mucklebust.
In their unique program, the artists have prepared two songs in Kazakh. "The first song is called Daididau. I like it so much, it has beautiful melody, the version I listened to was recorded by Dimash Kudaibergen, and it's fantastic, He is a great artist! Our version will be adapted for Nordic Namgar and synchronized with Buryat Traditional singing. Another song is "Eky zhyren." I have listened to it so many times - it has so much energy! Although I do not understand the text, I feel all the power, I hope our version is also loved by the Kazakh auduence, because it we will be played in a completely different style. We are very much looking forward to coming to Kazakhstan, it's an amazing opportunity to get to know other cultures and share ours, thank you very much for the invitation and see you at the festival, "added Ole Jorn Mucklebust.
The five-day nomadic culture festival Nomad Way in Astana will be held on the premises of the ethno-cultural complex EthnoAul. 22 music bands from different countries of the Silk Way will take part in the music festival: DJ Nariman Issenov (Kazakhstan); Tigrahaud (Kazakhstan); Aldaspan (Kazakhstan); Abbos (Uzbekistan); Argymak (Bashkortostan); Tilla Torok's Band (Hungary); Talgat Khassenov (Tatarstan); Namgar (Buryatia); Magic of Nomads (Kazakhstan); Shono (Buryatia); Zaman (Bashkortostan); Group Nordic Namgar (Norway / Buryatia); Gulzada (Kyrgyzstan); Avesto (Tajikistan); Chyltys Tannagasheva (Mountain Shoriya); B. Bairyshev and A. Chichakov (Altai); Edil Khussainov and Satzhan Project (Kazakhstan); Ayarkhaan (Yakutia); Radik Tyulush and the Chalama (Tuva); Baba Zula (Turkey).
The festival will be held with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Concerts will begin at 17.00, every day from 11 to 15 June. Tickets for the event are available on the premises of EthnoAul or online on kassir.kz.