22 June 2018

Nomad Way 2018. How went Day 1 of the grandiose Festival

Russian version

23.15 The first day of Nomad Way 2018 in Astana has come to an end. See you tomorrow!


23.08 "Every nation has a call of their ancestors deep in their souls. It's impossible to say that people do not understand songs. Everyone does and everyone feels them. I think this Festival will gather a huge audience, fans and admirers. With a wave of applauds they  will meet and wait for musicians, who have already become friends for them," Namgar Lhasaranova shared her thoughts.

22.52 At the end of their performance the group sang a song about a Mongolian handsome man.


"This song is said to be written by his wife, who had long, dark, silky hair. Many women fell in love with him, and suffering, his wife and wrote this song," singer Namgar Lhasaranova said.


22.15 Meanwhile, the long-awaited performance of the Namgar band from Buryat is taking place on the stage.  The band has its name on behalf of the lead singer Namgar Lhasaranova, who is not just a singer, but also plays the yataga, a beautiful Buryat instrument.

22.07 Novelist Roman Akst shared his emotions about what he has seen and heard at the Nomad Way.


"I have always been always open to music. This music sounds sinilar to Rammstein. Last year I was at the Spirit of Astana next to the Baiterek . Last summer, we went to all the concerts, 30 Seconds to Mars, Limp Bizkit, but the best was The Spirit of Astana I think that the in the future it will be even more interesting.  There's a very good sound. Almost all of the bands in the line-up are familiar to me. Last year, we attended the event all three days, we could feel the drive."

21.35 The musicians from Uzbekistan have made an unforgettable show on the stage.

20.58 Abbos the band from Uzbekistan have come up on the stage. The group became famous owing to its founder - famous far beyond Uzbekistan's player the doira and other national instruments Abbos Kassimov.

20.53 The founder and art director of the Argymak band Rinat Ramazanov shares that in Kazakhstan it feels like home.


"When we come to Kazakhstan, we really like the warm welcome of our brothers and neighbors, everything is familiar and warm. There's friendly atmosphere. We are pleased that our music is love here. I hope the Nomad Way Festival is prosperous and we always had a chance please our listeners," he said.

20.31 Executive producer of the Festival, director of the national radio station Tengri FM Madina Umorbekova stressed that every year the Festival is growing, the professional bar of organizers and musicians is rising.

"I think this is easy to notice not only by us, but also to the audience who come to the Festival and the musicians. The Festival cannot take place without them, it is very important for us that the performers had an international professional bar, an international stage where they could hone their skills and share their art with the audience.


"The festival has made the path abroad; we already have an excellent opportunity to represent Kazakhstani musicians there. (...) Every musician has their own twist and great creative potential. I cannot choose who my favorite is, they all are. Our viewer is so sophisticated, for all these years there have been so many festivals, concerts, events, and the audience's expectations are really high. This is good because it allows show business to grow in our country and develop the potential and creativity of our artists," Madina Umorbekova said.

The executive producer of the Festival noted that for three days of the Festival the audience will greatly enjoy a live, beautiful sound, as well as the vibe shared by the musicians.


"Everyone will bring their culture and country with them, they represent the whole history, depth, the culture. We must expand our horizons and our perception in every possible way, which is very important, "Madina Umorbekova stressed.

20.09 A singer of Kyrgyzstan  Gulzada, who  has been participating in the Nomad Way for the second year in a row, has come up on the stage.

According to the singer, it took her a long time to choose a song from the Kazakh folklore for the Festival, and finally she stopped at "Dudaray". "The song about love is very emotional and deep. I immediately fell in love with it,"  Kyrgyz singer Gulzada Ryskulova said.

For her performance of folk songs, talented Gulzada Ryskulova easily adapts rock, jazz and electronics.

20.00 In the meantime, the audience is growing.

19.49 Tahmina Ramazonova, the soloist of the Tajik group Avesto, said that the Nomad Way is very special this year.


"The energy on the stage is crazy. There is very good audience, greeting warmly and giving good vibes to the musicians. We would like to visit this Festival more often," she said.

19.35  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 centre Astana has been visited by the Minister of Culture and Sport Arystanbek Mukhamediuly.

19.22 "It is my first tome at the Nomad Way festival and I love all the shows, especially the performance of the ethno-rock band Argymak when they were singing Batyrkhan Shukenov's song "Otan Ana", Shynar Zhumabayeva said.

19.06 Bashkir group Argymak is on the stage. The band is the laureate of international, all-Russian and republican competitions.

18.54 The founder of Aldaspan group, Nurzhan Toishy, ​​noted that the quality of the festival is rising every year.


"It's a great honor for us to perform here. I'm glad that the audience is getting bigger and bigger every year. I love the location of the Festival and a very good sound. I think that the Festival is very important for Kazakhstan as a whole, not only for Astana. The foundation for an independent country is its original culture, which is so greatly supported by the Nomad Way," Nurzhan Toishy said.

18.24 Fiery ethno-jazz tunes played on the Nomad Way stage in the center of the capital. The stage meets Avesto band from Tajikistan.

This is an outstanding group, which has managed to release six albums for 17 years of its music activity. At the festival in Astana the band will once again please the audience with Tajik melodies. In their music, they combine modern jazz and oriental music culture.

17.53. The Festival was opened by Kazakhstan's ethno-rock band Aldaspan. This is a unique project who play the electro-dombra. The members of the band Aldaspan are the best dombra players in the music academy: Maksat Khasanov - electro solo-dombra, Isarbek Akiyashev - electro-rhythm-dombra, Shamshiddin Omarov - electro bass dombra and Nurzhan Toishy, the band's founder - the drums. The group has been taking part in The Spirit of Tengri Festival every year since 2013.

17.40 General producer of  Festivals The Spirit of Tengri and Nomad Way Zhan Kasteev said that today on the stage there will be six groups performing.

"Each band is unique. Everything has been organised according to the countries who sit along the Silk Road. All of them are neighbours and friends to each other, and have the same language policy. Our groups also represent nomadic cultures. All of these musicians have participates in The Spirit of Tengri Festival. The Nomad Way is more specific and hopefully will last for a long time. This event is a kind of cultural kurultai. We have updated the line-up compared to last year. The event is held in the very center of Astana.


Any music is a rhythm. Anyone who listens to ethnic music get its energy. All world music is built on ethnic music. Here ethnic music has become pop. Today and all the three days you will see how the audience will be in the same rhythm along with our performers. This is a family holiday, a family event, so the age does not matter, "-  general producer of the Festival shared.


17.23 The International Music Festival of Nomadic Culture Nomad Way 2018 opens in Astana. The first participants from 20 countries of the world are making final preparation before the start of the grandiose three-day show.


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.

 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 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.


Photos are provided by the concert photo site ONParty.Me. Photographer: Gleb Terletsky.

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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