6 July 2018
The Spirit of Astana 2018. A gift for the 20th anniversary of the Capital
23.00 The grandiose conclusion of the first day of The Spirit of Astana has come exactly to the beginning of the festive fireworks in honor of the 20th anniversary of Astana. The fireworks are an excellent end to concert day 1. The Astana residents and guests of the capital have two more no less impressive days ahead. See you tomorrow!
22.50 "We feel like it's four in the morning. We arrived from New York City just yesterday, we are very happy to be here and take part in this event. The people here are so warm and wonderful. The show has been so cool, each band performed brilliantly. We are amazed with the way the audience welcomed us, how they looked at us. "We really like to perform on such combinations of different cultures, it's very cool!" - shared the participants of the Red Baraat.
22.45 The members of the Red Baraat call their music "an inspiring cacophony of instruments, cultures and ideas", which pays tribute to how the diversity does and have always made America wonderful. This is a battle cry and a positive statement against inequality and injustice that made the Red Baraat one of the most important American music bands embodying the unification and unity of all peoples of the world and their cultures.
22.30 "We have enjoyed the concert, we love Kazakhstan very much, and we like being here. We are from Turkey, and Kazakhstan is very far from our home, but here we are very keen on sharing music that we don't always play even in Turkey. Astana is special for us, we can come here, meet together again, see other artists and show what we can do. It's very important that we meet, all these cultures, get together, enjoy the moment, "- the group member of BaBa ZuLa Mehmet Akman said after the performance.
Another BaBa ZuLa member Murat Ertel noted that Astana have become a special city for him for the time that the band's has been taking part in The Spirit of Astana and the Nomad Way.
"Every time we come here there are so many changes, so, for us it is a constantly changing city. It is very exciting to return to Astana again and see what has changed. We want the city to expand and become even better and more interesting," he noted.
22.10 The final chord of the first day of the festival in Astana is the performance of the band from the USA and India - the Red Baraat.
The genre of the Red Baraat is a unique mix of bhangra style (a live dance and musical tradition originating from the Punjab) with jazz and hip-hop. "We position the stage at Baiterek as the most important stage of the country, it is located in the very center of the capital city and the entire continent of Eurasia, and the fusion of artists who have come to The Spirit of Astana have prepared a special exclusive program dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Capital" , - the general producer of The Spirit of Tengri and The Spirit of Astana, Zhan Kasteev said.
He pointed out to the fact that this year the Festival's stage have become larger, the number of artists have increased as well as the quality of the sound.
"As for the artists, this year we have covered almost all continents, except Antarctica," he joked.
21.30 Astana meets the sunset with the mesmerizing melodies of the Turkish musicians. Their songs have sent away the boiling heat from the city, and the audience of The Spirit of Astana have been refreshed by light rain.
"We are loyal fans of The Spirit of Tengri in Almaty, but we could not help from getting more of this drive so we decided to come to Astana. We really want to dance to our favourite band BaBa ZuLa. It has been many years that we are delighted by this global festival," Valeria said.
21.15 "This is our second time in Astana and we have been twice at The Spirit of Tengri in Almaty, the audience in Kazakhstan is wonderful! It feels like the energy from the audience fills us in. And we play even better, it's always a mutual feeling" Zurab Gagnidze, a member of the GeoTRAIN group, admitted.
Zurab Gagnidze noted that The Spirit of Astana Festival is not just music for him.
"This music festival is very big and strong in all aspects, but what makes us particularly happy is how the city lives and develops, I know what is happening here, this city will very soon become the center of peacemaking. And for us, the Spirit of Astana is saturated with this feeling of the wishes of the world," he added.
21.00 The next participants of the grandiose show are the musicians from Turkey - BaBa ZuLa, who have already fallen in love with the Astana and Almaty audience.
Psychedelic rock of the 60s-70s, reggae, dub and a lot of other music genres and the fiery sound of baglama and drum darbuk it is all about BaBa ZuLa band!
20.40 There are a lot of couples in love among the audience. Young people are lying on the grass and enjoying the live show on the stage of The Spirit of Astana.
20.20 "I was very happy when the audience were asking for an encore. Thanks to the organizers for the invitation, we are very happy to perform to the people of Kazakhstan! " the soloist of the Khoomei Beat Kan-Huler Saaya shared after the performance.
He noted that the audience in the capital pleased with their openness and positive feedback.
"First of all, our task is to preserve our culture, our throat singing, the art that our ancestors have left us, and at the same time to combine it with the modern style, but most importantly - to convey this to all younger generations." We are pleased that Kazakhstan's audience like our music as well as we do, " the member of Khoomei Beat Adygan Ayyzhy noted.
19.50 Georgian band GeoTrain is next to continue the grandiose show! GeoTRAIN's music is a unique synthesis of the Georgian and world musical heritage. Polyphony and virtuosic impromptu in the songs of the band echo Jazz Scat, Funk and Fusion.
19.30 "A song about the fastest horses and the most beautiful girls," Khoomei beat members announced their new fiery composition.
19.15 The Spirit of Astana Festival is truly a family holiday. Many couples and children dance to the ethnic melodies of peoples from all over the world. The younger audience are grooving on the platform and the lawn next to the Baiterek monument.
19.05 Next to come up on the stage of The Spirit of Astana Festival is the music band from Tuva KHOOMEI BEAT - a prominent representative of Tuvan new music generation. Powered by the roots of Tuvan folk, the musicians subtly mix the expression of rock with the airiness of jazz and pop.
18.50 And "Baiterek" is especially beautiful today.
18.45 "It has been so unexpected to see a Ukrainian group here, I am Ukrainian myself, and as my husband said, this is the most unexpected thing that we could see here (laughs). The husband arrived from Ukraine just two weeks ago. We are so happy to be here. Everything is so cool! " - Galina shared her impressions.
18.30 "On behalf of the Abbos group and the whole Uzbekistan, I congratulate Kazakhstan on the 20th anniversary of Astana and wish Kazakhstani people great happiness and good health. We are very happy to come to Astana this venue is very beautiful! We will come with pleasure for the third time and will be performing on such a wonderful stage in Astana! " - the leader of the group Ravshan Yunussov congratulated.
"The audience is very responsive, I am glad that we and our culture are welcomed here so warmly. We will also try to make our art popular with the people of Kazakhstan," he added.
18.20 For the first time in Kazakhstan and especially to congratulate Kazakhstanis on the 20th anniversary of Astana on the stage of The Spirit of Astana 2018, a group from Ukraine The Doox has arrived.
Since 2014, Ukrainian band The Doox has been creating contemporary music with elements of traditional songs and ethno-rock. The combination of various techniques of authentic singing, ethnic wind instruments, guitar drive and bass riffs, keyboards and percussion form a new, unexpected sound.
17.55 "In the East, in the East - there is no sky without a moon." The musicians from Uzbekistan continue to please and surprise residents and guests of the capital.
17.40 "The Spirit of Astana Festival is here, at Baiterek, for the second time. We organize it together with the City Akimat, and this year it lasts for three days and have become even more exciting. The artist line-up has increased and this year, the musicians are really cream if the crops," the main director of The Spirit of Tengri and The Spirit of Astana projects Sergei Maiboroda said.
The main idea of the Festival is to show the audience a truly high-quality live sound and how close they can be to the singing and music of people from all over the world.
17.20 The International Festival of Contemporary Ethnic Music The Spirit of Astana 2018 has started!
The grandiose three-day show is opened by the band from Uzbekistan Abbos.
In 2017 and 2018 the band performed at the Nomad Way Festival of Nomadic Culture in Astana, and on the first weekend of this summer they took part in The Spirit of Tengri 2018 in Almaty.
The Abbos members play on the traditional folk musical instruments of Uzbekistan - surnay, karnay, doira and nagora. Abbos is one of the first bands to use these instruments in pop-music.
A grand three-day show takes place in the square in front of the Baiterek monument. Free admission.
Astana residents and guests of the capital will enjoy the shows from 19 great bands from more than 20 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), as well as Abbos (Uzbekistan), Aldaspan together with Baraban.KZ and Yedil & Satzhan Project (Kazakhstan).
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. The official water of the festival is ARZU. Recall that last year, the Project's partner was the supermarket chain Magnum Cash&Carry.
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 Tengrinews.kz, 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.