7 July 2018

The Spirit of Astana 2018. Under the sky of the Capital city


23.00 The second day of the Festival has come to its end, but The Spirit of Astana is still in full swing. Tomorrow, on this same stage you should expect  tremendous performances of artists from Lithuania, Peru, Bashkortostan, the USA and other countries!


22.55 "I think today, on the stage, the magic, the spiritual unity that we wanted and we have been waiting for have come true. The audience have become like brothers and sisters, we are very glad that we have come here, we congratulate Astana on its 20th Anniversary. Happy Birthday, beautiful city! "the band member Kerekes Band Namor Zaba said after his performance.


22.50 "I am very happy that the Spirit of Astana has been held for the second year in Astana and that this year the Hungarian group is performing here; I notice that the audience is increasing every year." The Kerekes Band has long dreamed of coming to Kazakhstan " the Ambassador of Hungary in Kazakhstan Andrash Barani said.


He said that the Kazakh song surprisingly matches with the Hungarian music culture.


"When I sent them this song, as an example simply, they told me: "It's so similar to our music!" Hungarian songs consist of five basic sounds, and, having listened to Kazakh music, they said that it is also based on those very chords. I think it's an amazing discovery!," Barani added.

22.45 The Hungarian band, with the applause of the audience, performs Kazakh song "Kozimnіn karasy". In their unusual performance the song familiar to all Kazakhstanis has acquired a new sound.


22.40 Artist from Mali Habib Koite said that the lyrics of the song about Astana came to him directly on the stage. "It was pure freestyle, improvisation, I loved the atmosphere so much, the words came up by themselves, I sang about what I feel right now," he confessed.

Habib also noted that the last time he was in Kazakhstan in 1994 at Asia Dauysy Festival.


"Kazakhstan is a great experience for me as well as for my group. I returned to Kazakhstan 24 years later, I am very happy to be here. I have never seen Astana, I see that it is wonderful, there is so much space! People are hospitable, and the audience have turned us on so we want this show to go on," Habib shared his impressions.


22.25 The second day of the festival is closed by the Kerekes Band from Hungary.

22.20 "For us it is an opportunity to express the concept of our country and Astana as the center of the Eurasian continent, because here, on this site, there is a unification of music cultures, music groups and so many bands perform in a mixed line-up representing various continents. This the philosophy our country preaches - tolerance, multiculturalism and moving towards the future," Batyr Kazybayev, the general director of the media holding company Alash Media Group, said.


22.00 Performing at the Festival, the Malians dedicated a song to the capital of Kazakhstan - Beautiful Astana. To the sound of guitar and drums, the singer sings about the beauty of the city and the fact that Astana will always remain in his heart.


21.45 The grandiose show is  to be continued by the guests from Mali - the band Habib Koité & Bamada.

21.30 "We had a long way to Kazakhstan, through Istanbul. Everything here, the festival itself and Astana are cool! Thank you for the invitation! The audience are very open and friendly. When we were performing, we immediately noticed it, the audience resembles the Sun! And we really love the Sun," the participant of the Irish band JIGGY Robbie Harris shared after the performance.


21.05 "I was on my way to work and I just got stuck here because I really like rock, but they are playing so cool, I do not want to leave. Last year I heard about the Festival. I wanted to go but couldn't make it in the end. I am incredibly fond of everything related to Tengrians and ethno in general. I recently began to learn and read a lot, am more and more fond of. Today, especially African drums are hooked, "Kairat admitted.


20.50 The next participant is The Jiggy band from Ireland  - the fusion of Irish traditional music, Indian rhythms and modern dance groove.


20.45 The singer from Bashkortostan Katya Yamshchikova joined the audience after her performance at The Spirit of Astana to listen to other artists of the ethno-music Festival.


20.30 "We are in Astana for the third time, and we also performed at EXPO-2017. The audience here is excellent. They have good and kind hearts. It's a very beautiful city, we like to perform here," Natig Shirinov, the head of Natig Rhythm Group, said.


20.20 "I have been coming to this Festival for two years in a row, last year I was in Almaty, and when I found out that Astana is also hosting The Spirit of Astana, I could not help but come. The second day here, I like to experience different emotions. Modern music is now very monophonic, in general, but here this Festival unites so many different styles, instruments and feelings! I think it's very cool," Victoria said.


20.05 "For us The Spirit of Astana is first and foremost new unforgettable emotions that we bring back home and keep in our hearts. Very warm audience have greeted us, and with this  venue, the stage and the sound  we have been feeling very comfortable, it has been so nice to work here ",  Yekaterina Yamshchikova confessed after her performance.


The team calls their symbol a clay music instrument made in the shape of a nightingale. The wind miniature instrument mimics the singing of birds, that the musicians harmoniously intertwine its sound in their music.


19.50 The grandiose show is continued by guests from Azerbaijan - Natig Rhythm Group.


19.30 The sun is about to set and the long-awaited coolness finally arrives to the square near the Baiterek monument. The audience is waiting for more and more exciting performances!


19.25 Even the youngest listeners are enjoying the sound of the band from Bashkortostan.


19.10 Take photos and videos with hashtags #TheSpiritOfAstana and #SpiritOfAstana and publish in Instagram to share the amazing atmosphere of the Festival with friends! The best posts will be published in our page.


19.00 The musicians of the Katya Yamschikova Project from Bashkortostan  are coming up on the stage.


The band consisting of eight members performing music in folk. In their repertoire there are folk songs in the extraordinary interpretation with elements of fusion rock, as well as original songs.


18.50 "We really like this place in the center of the city, where the energy of the city is vibrant; people come here and watch the show with great interest, and for us it is always very exciting feelings, we are very nervous and trying very hard to please the public," Aldaspan founder Nurzhan Toishy said.

He noted the excellent quality of sound transmission is an important condition for electro-dombra players.


"There must be more projects like this one. We should hope that soon the people of Kazakhstan get used to the fact that concerts with live and pure music take place in the cities, I think we will have our own culture that will attract the world," he confessed.


18.35 "The feelings are very bright and inexpressible. The weather is smiling to us, the sun has come out, it is nice and warm. The audience is really supportive; they are dancing together with us. It is so cool!" Victoria, the member of project shared after the performance.


This year the group brought to Astana amazing combinations of Russian songs and African drums. The next year the artists promise to combine traditional Kazakh songs with instruments of African peoples.


18.15 The regular participants of The Spirit of Astana and The Spirit of Tengri, the band from Kazakhstan Aldaspan, are the next to come up on the stage.


And by tradition, they literally the first chords have fascinated the audience.


18.00 African rhythms are heard on the stage of The Spirit of Astana. Changing the metropolitan weather also decided to include the "African mode", so today it's hot in the city, but, as always, windy and fresh. Have time to enjoy summer at the open-air-site at the Baiterek monument.


 17.50 The International Festival of Contemporary Ethnic Music The Spirit of Astana 2018 has started! Project opens the Festival of music.


A grand three-day show takes place in the square in front of the Baiterek monument. Free admission.


Today, the residents and visitors of the Capital are going to enjoy the shows from Katya Yamschikova Projects (Bashkortostan), Natig Rhythm Group (Azerbaijan), Aldaspan (Kazakhstan), Kerekes Band (Hungary), Jiggy (Ireland) and Habib Koité & Bamada (Mali).


Totally there are going to be 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, 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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