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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Altan Urag September 10, 2016

Posted by irishelectionliterature in This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....
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Altan Urag are a Mongolian folk rock band that have been around since 2002. They have feared on the soundtrack to the film ‘Mongol’ and the Netflix series Marco Polo. The sound includes Mongolian Throat Singing (known as khöömii) and they play a variety of traditional Mongolian instruments such as the morin khuur (horse head fiddle), ikh khuur (grand horse head fiddle) and yoochin (a type of hammered dulcimer).
I’ve been listening to them for a while and it’s excellent.

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1. Tomboktu - September 11, 2016

Thanks for that. Do you listen to other music from Mongolia or other countries in the region?

(I’ve found traditional or folk music from cultures that I’m not familiar with can be unappealing to my ear without the injection of leavening, such as playing “‘folk rock’. But then I suppose that a Mongolian or Kazakh blogger given a blast of a Co. Clare reel played on a solo fiddle or a blast of sean-nós singing might not find much that appeals on first listening either.)

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