Kongar-ol Ondar: Pride of Tuva

 

The master throat singer Kongar-ol Ondar passed away recently at the age of 51. He was the preeminent throat singer from Tuva, a master performer who represented Tuva, and Siberia around the world and in the US several times. You can check out his performance on David Letterman here: Kongar-ol Ondar

Kongar-ol Ondar. Image found here: http://www.last.fm/music/Kongar-ol+Ondar?v=free&utm_expid=44142428-15.uxR-C0rwSuKQIKnffD_JVg.3&utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.ru%2Furl%3Fsa%3Di%26rct%3Dj%26q%3D%26esrc%3Ds%26source%3Dimages%26cd%3D%26docid%3DOVTJJYIifXcOJM%26tbnid%3DOVQMMmWYiNHZLM%3A%26ved%3D0CAUQjRw%26url%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.last.fm%252Fmusic%252FKongar-ol%252BOndar%26ei%3DQHb2UZPwEpCM4gTFjoHoBw%26bvm%3Dbv.49784469%2Cd.bGE%26psig%3DAFQjCNEfBwVM-yWLMMwvaffTKUwdRXIX3w%26ust%3D1375192987232369 (Last.fm)

Kongar-ol Ondar. Image found here: http://www.last.fm/music/Kongar-ol+Ondar (Last.fm)

Reuters Obituary for Kongar-ol Ondar: Obituary

Paul Pena and Kongar-ol Ondar making music together. http://www.missionmission.org/tag/kongar-ol-ondar/

Paul Pena and Kongar-ol Ondar making music together. http://www.missionmission.org/tag/kongar-ol-ondar/

Here is the trailer to “Ghengis Blues”, a cool documentary about Paul Pena, a blind guitarist who learns throat singing, travels to Tuva and gets to perform with Kongar-ol Ondar. You can watch the whole film on Youtube. “Ghengis Blues Trailer”

What the Moscow Times wrote about him: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/tuvan-throat-singer-kongar-ol-ondar-dead-at-51-video/483714.html

It is a sad day for Tuva, and anyone who loves the fascinating and mysterious style of throat singing practiced by herders and nomads across the Central Asian steppes. Kongar-ol Ondar, pride of the Republic of Tuva, and a prince amoung musicians. You are missed.

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