22 June 2018

Nomad Way 2018 starts today. Incredible musicians on a unique stage


Today, on Friday, June 22, at 17.00 in Astana, it is the opening of the International Music Festival of Nomadic Culture Nomad Way 2018. In the amphitheater on the embankment of the Esil River, the preparation for the grand three-day show is humming. The first participants from 20 countries are doing the sound-check on the open-air-site with a unique stage, reports.

 International Music Festival of Nomadic Culture Nomad Way 2018 is held with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Sports as a part of celebrating the 20th anniversary of the capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Astana. The official water of the Festival is ARZU.

Traditionally, Nomad Way 2018 will be available online on and in the social network The Spirit of Tengri project. The live broadcast with a quality sound and a quality picture will start daily at 17.00. Online broadcasting can be viewed anywhere in the world. The ethno-festival is hosted by is Zhassulan Kali, the radio host and program director of Zhuldyz FM.


"The structure of the stage is unique. In addition to the traditional set towards the audience, we have installed an additional screen in the amphitheater, the sound towards the Esil. In fact, the concert can be observed from all sides: and being on the site, and just strolling along the embankment. given the volume of light and sound that we put on our projects, the action will be visible even from the other side of the river," Sergey Maiboroda, the chief director of the Nomad Way Festival, shared.


Yesterday, Bashkir band Argymak was on air at "Astana FM" radio station.


"Last year was very busy. We spent a lot of time travelling around the world, Russia, and inside the republic. We have completely updated our program and came here with an absolutely new show program with new genres and directions. There are going to be all modern genres with elements of Bashkir folk music. Surely, we have brought a good mood, too. We are waiting for all Astana citizens! We are going to rock it! Any state is made by people, and the people are its cultural traditions. Saving these cultural traditions is the preservation of the state itself. For us, Nomad Way is a wonderful festival. It is meeting a huge number of old friends, and new people, these are new projects and roads to other stages, going to other festivals through these contacts. The Moscow Bashkirs are also coming to the Nomad Way - the guys who studied and lived there, have also made in a band. We are talking about Zaman band, " the founder and art director of the band Rinat Ramazanov shared.


Sound producer, percussionist, vocalist of "Argymak" project Radmir Ismagilov added: "First of all, we are waiting for the people who have already heard us, as well as new viewers and listeners. We are actively promoting our band online by setting geolocation - Kazakhstan, Astana, Almaty. "


Also, we had a chance to talk with Namgar Lhasaranova, the singer of the Buryat group Namgar: "We are a band from Buryatia, we play Buryat and Mongolian traditional folk music. I play the instrument called yataga, in Kazakhstan it is called zhatagan. A similar music instrument exists in many Asian countries: Korea, Japan, China. It took me 4 years to learn to play it, I've been playing it since 1987. I've been practicing it with large breaks - we had had a musician who also played it. We just started preparing for the new album. We have three or four new songs which we still have not performed anywhere. Our program includes both purely acoustic works - traditional songs, and a little fusion, ethno-rock.

Last year we were in Astana for the first time. We really liked the audience's warm welcome. Your audience is very musical and friendly. We really enjoyed the show. We are looking forward to meeting on this exciting open-air stage. Such a scale of music festivals, when there are so many performers from all over the world, is a training for all musicians without exception. We listen to each other, we learn, we communicate, we discover new things. This is a rare phenomenon in Asia. It's great that in Astana you make such festivals - it's a huge gift to the residents of the capital. Folk music is known and loved around the whole planet, it reveals a deep connection with our ancestors. At such festivals people wake up inside. We must do them every year, " Namgar said.

Recall that the venue for Nomad Way 2018 is the amphitheater on the embankment of the Esil river. You can reach it bus routes N0 18, 28, 32, 37, 44, 52 and 127. The nearest stop is Saltanat Saray. The show starts at 17.00. Free entrance.


The Ethno-Festival will feature 19 unique bands from 20 countries: Huun Huur Tu (Tuva), together with the DJ Carmen Rizzo (USA), the Svjata Vatra (Ukraine, Estonia), Islam Satyrov (Stavropol Krai, Russia), Tilla Török Band (Hungary), throat singer Chyltys Tannagasheva (Mountain Shoriya), Argymak and Zaman (Bashkortostan), Aldaspan, Yedil Khussainov together with Satzhan project (Kazakhstan), Khoomei beat (Tuva), Abbos (Uzbekistan) , Avesto (Tajikistan), Shono and Namgar (Buryatia), Radik Tyulush & Chalama (Tuva), BaBa Zula (Turkey), Bolot Bairyshev & Belukha Jam (Altai), trio Ayarkhaan (Yakutia) and singer Gulzada (Kyrgyzstan).

The Spirit of Tengri is a multicultural and one of the world's largest projects in the genre of contemporary ethnic music, with a status of a national cultural brand. Its purpose is to introduce the heritage of the peoples of the Great Steppe and the whole world, uniting the most iconic representatives of contemporary ethnic musical art on the Kazakhstani land. The project was established by the National Kazakhstan Radio Tengri FM in 2012. Musicians from 70 countries and regions of the world have been on its stage.  Over these years, more than 100 thousand Kazakhstanis and guests of the country have been its visitors. The Spirit of Tengri festivals are bright colorful music shows accompanied by informational art materials and video content. Thus, they are not only entertaining but also educational.

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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