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Mongolian music conquers the world

Update: January, 09/2012 - 22:47

 

Nomadic notes: The Traditional Singing and Dancing Troupe performs at a concert in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator. — VNS Photos Nhat Nam
Throaty: The Mongolians' unusual throat singing style, called khoomei, was first performed in the 13th century by Mongolian cavalry troops.
Traditional sounds: Mongolian artists play the Morin Khuur (above) and the Yatga (below).
National Day celebrations: Young artists perform on National Day at the country's biggest celebration, the Naadam Festival, in Ulan Bator.
 
by Nhat Nam

My visit to Mongolia coincided with the country's National Day and its biggest celebration, the Naadam Festival. Traditional music performances were the highlight of my trip.

The roots of their unique music reflect Mongolia's rich identity, which has been formed by its people's nomadic life on vast grasslands and amid hills and mountains.

As I departed Ulan Bator, the capital of Mongolia, for the countryside, I noticed hundreds of young people, both male and female, on horses.

They ran across the grasslands and sang many songs praising the beauty of nature and the country's heroic past. The sounds resounded in the grasslands, mesmerising passers-by.

Their unusual throat singing style, called khoomei, was first performed in the 13th century by Mongolian cavalry troops on their way to conquer countries extending from Asia to Europe.

The country has a rich treasure of musical equipment, with the Morin Khuur the most popular instrument. The Yatga zither is similar to dan tranh, the 16-string traditional musical instrument of Viet Nam.

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