5 July 2018

The Spirit of Astana 2018. Who is going to open the Festival?

Russian version

One day is left before the start of the International Festival of Contemporary Ethnic Music The Spirit of Astana 2018 -  the grandiose show starts already this Friday, July 6, when the capital celebrates its 20th Birthday. The organizers of the Festival have announced who has the honor to open each of the three days of the Festival. On Friday, it will be the Abbos band from Uzbekistan, on Saturday - the ethno-rock band Aldaspan, which will have a joint performance with percussion music project Baraban.KZ, on Sunday - Yedil & Satzhan Project band, reports.


International Festival of Contemporary Ethnic Music The Spirit of Astana 2018 is held with the support of the Astana Akimat as part of the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan. A grand three-day show starts on July 6, on the City Day. The Festival will be held in the Square in front of the Baiterek monument. The show starts at 17.00. Free entrance. The official water of the festival is ARZU. Recall that last year, the Project's partner was the supermarket chain Magnum Cash&Carry.

The first day of the International Festival of Contemporary Ethnic Music The Spirit of Astana 2018 will be opened with a colorful show from Uzbek band Abbos. In 2017 and 2018 the band performed at the Nomad Way Festival in Astana, and the first weekend of this summer they were a participant of the Almaty Festival The Spirit of Tengri 2018.


The members of the Abbos band play the traditional folk musical instruments of Uzbekistan - surnay, karnay, dayereh and naqareh. Abbos is one of the first groups to use these instruments in pop music. The group regularly tours around the USA, France, the UK, Germany, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Taiwan and many other countries of the world.

Now, Abbos is led by Abbos Kasimov's student - Ravshan Yunusov. Together with the new leader the active tours of the band continued: they took part in festivals in Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Bulgaria, Romania, England, France, USA and other countries. Thanks to Ravshan Yunusov, the band has acquired a new sparkle that the audience of the Nomad Way Festival is going to hear very soon.


Also the highlight of the band is their use of unique music instruments -  the Karnay. These are brass musical instruments three meters long each. The band members can simultaneously play two Karnays at once. This enchanting show cannot be missed!

"Our main instruments are the drums. There are similar instruments in other countries, but our vibes are special, intrinsic only to Uzbek music. We prefer percussions to show the spirit of our country. At The Spirit of Astana Festival, we want the Astana audience to get to know with the traditional Uzbek music, we are looking forward to see you at the Festival, so we could share our music with you. See you soon!" - Abbos leader Ravshan Yunusov said.

The second day of the The Spirit of Astana 2018 starts with the performance of the Kazakh ethno-rock band Aldaspan and the percussion project Baraban.KZ.


Aldaspan is a unique music band who play the electro-dombra. This is an amazing unique instrument, the sound of which was heard for the first time only in 2011, combines the audacity of the West and the freedom-loving of the East. The founder of the project is Nurzhan Toishy. His associates are the country's best dombra players: Maksat Hasanov (electro-solo-dombyra), Aisarbek Akiyashev (electro-rhythm-dombyra), Shamshiddin Omarov (electro bass-dombyra).


The content of the band's lyrics is military, praising man's valour. The songs of the band include ancient Turkic fighting epics full of courage and glorifying feats of heroes. No wonder the name of the band means "heavy saber for fighting in armor" in Kazakh. Since 2012, the group has been a regular participant in the The Spirit of Tengri Festival.

The unique project Baraban.KZ in combination with ethno musicians from all corners of the Earth, coming to Festivals of the Spirit of Tengri project, has already become a hallmark of the Festival.

"Hello, Aldaspan Group will be waiting for you in Astana near the Baiterek monument at 5 pm on July 7, 8, 8 at the International Festival The Spirit of Astana. Come and enjoy! This is the most unique event in Eurasia,"  Aldaspan founder Nurzhan Toishy said.

Sunday concert in the square near the Baiterek Monument will begin with the performance of the famous Kazakh master of throat singing - musician Yedil Khussainov, the master of ancient Kazakh folk instruments and the jazz band Satzhan Project. They will present a unique synthesis of ancient and modern music. Yedil & Satzhan Project already performed at The Spirit of Astana 2017.

Yedil Khussainov masterly plays several ancient Kazakh instruments - zhetygen, sybyzgy, saz-syrnai, kamys-syrnai, kaursin-syrnai and shan-kobyz. He is also known in Europe and the USA. In 2005, the musician performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, in 2006 he gave a recital in Tokyo, and in 2015 the musician performed at the EXPO in Milan.

The Satzhan Project band was formed by a talented and promising composer, arranger and pianist Satzhan Shamenov in 2011. The young musician gathered such academic musicians as Kanat Omarov (saxophone), Nurbolsyn Toleuhan (trombone), Alexander Fisher (guitar), Ulan Akhmetov (bass), Marat Ahmedjanov (drums), Gulnara Koshenova (vocal), Aseli Rakhimzhan (kobyz), Aigerim Karsakbaeva (kyl-kobyz) and Almaz Sharipov (drums). The Satzhan project group is a synthesis of folklore genre with popular and jazz music. The collective actively participates in many Kazakhstan festivals and concerts. In particular, the performances of the project were remembered by guests of ethno-festivals The Spirit of Tengri and The Spirit of Astana in 2017. The group represents the country on the best stages of the world. They gave a concert at the World EXPO 2015 in Milan, as well as at the 5th Dushanbe Ethno-Jazz Festival Fusion Jazz Music (Tajikistan).

Astana residents and guests of the capital will enjoy the shows from 120 great bands from more than 23 countries. The musicians represent such far-abroad countries as Ireland, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Turkey, Japan, Mali, Hungary, Peru, the USA and India. 


The participants of the grandiose show include: Marga Muzika (Lithuania), GeoTRAIN (Georgia), Kerekes Band (Hungary), Indiogenes (Peru), musician Robert Yuldashev with the band "Quraisy" (Bashkortostan), The Doox (Ukraine) and Katya Yamschikova ( Bashkortostan), as well as collectives BaBa ZuLa (Turkey), Khoomei Beat (Tuva), Natig Rhythm Group (Azerbaijan), Jiggy (Ireland), Dirtwire (USA) and Red Baraat (USA / India).

For those who for some reason cannot personally come to the square in front of the Baiterek monument, this year there will be an online broadcast. The online broadcast will be available on, as well as on the official channel of The Spirit of Tengri on YouTube. You will get a bright lighting show, only a live sound and a full immersion in the amazing atmosphere of a family holiday. 6, 7 and 8 July, the start of the online broadcast is at 17:00. Join the main event of this summer!


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. To date, 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.


The partners of the past The Spirit of Tengri and The Spirit of Astana have been Magnum Cash&Carry supermarket chain and Kaspi.KZ.



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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The Spirit of Tengri (2016)
The Spirit of Tengri on Womex 2015 (Hungary)
BaBa Zula on Tengri FM (2015)
Voices of autumn (2014)
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Presentation of DVD The Spirit of Tengri 2014
The Shin on Tengri FM (2014)
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