|Kongar-ol Ondar & Paul Pena|
October 2 2005 Update: it is with heavy hearts that we inform you that Paul Pena passed away today.
American throatsinger and bluesman Paul Pena had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer (and was subsequently rediagnosed with pancreatitis – see www.paulpena.com for some more detail).
In 1995 Paul travelled to Kyzyl to participate in the Khoomei symposium and placed first in the kargyraa category. This journey was the focus of the documentary “Genghis Blues”. Paul is well known to Friends of Tuva as “Cher Shimjer” (Earthquake), one half of the band Genghis Blues (with Kongar-ol Ondar), and he is also known in the blues world and in the rock world.
Paul had been living with a pancreatic illness for several years. Originally thought to be cancer, it now looks more like pancreatitis. The generous contributions of people like you made it possible for Paul to receive round the clock care in his apartment in San Francisco.
Official Web Sites
- The official Genghis Blues website has updated news on events, screenings, awards, and more.
- The official Paul Pena website is up and has the latest news on Paul.
- The lyrics to the Genghis Blues CD are available online.
- Once Upon a Time, by Paul Pena, is the tale of his journey through the world of throat singing.
Articles and Reviews
Here’s a list of references to reviews about the movie, articles about Paul Pena and Roko Belic and Adrian Belic, and related items online. It’s really great to see a few Friends of Tuva chase after a dream and actually realize it.
- The Genghis Blues Brothers made it to the Oscars in 2000!
- Salon.com presents The Odyssey of ‘Genghis Blues’. The tale behind the Oscar-nominated documentary is as extraordinary as the Tuvan throat-singers it celebrates.
- Adobe presents an interesting technical interview with the Belic brothers.
- Adrian Belic tells students about making Genghis Blues.
- The LA Times presents Brothers Trace the Art of Throat Singing in ‘Genghis Blues’.
- Another LA Times article, this one titled Making a Journey in Search of Harmony.
- Paul Pena sets out on the road to recovery.
- Giant Robot carries Paul Pena’s story.
- “Genghis Blues” makes the Top Stories page at Hollywood.com.
- “Genghis Blues” is reviewed by the McGill Tribune in Montreal.
- “Genghis Blues” is reviewed by the Daily Texan in Austin.
- Canoe.ca gives “Genghis Blues” a good review.
Genghis Blues is now available (as of December, 2000) on videocassette and DVD.