TUVA—Shamans and Throat Singers, including Kongar-ool Ondar.

TUVA—Shamans and Throat Singers, including Kongar-ool Ondar.

335 views•Dec 30, 2020220ShareSaveEnduring Voices & Endangered Languages 4.18K subscribers Research and videography by K. David Harrison, as a member of the jury at the Khoomei Festival 1998 in Kyzyl, Republic of Tuva. Notable performers included: Kongar-ool Ondar, Kaigal-ool Khovalyg, David Shomfai Kara (Hungary), and artists from USA and Japan. 1020579 02

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones with Ondar Kongar-ol

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones with Ondar Kongar-ol

79,976 views•Dec 19, 2011 54117ShareSaveshortiebighead 1.43K subscribers Posterity Productions presentshttps://www.facebook.com/PosterityPro… Bela Fleck and the Flecktoneshttp://www.flecktones.com/ with Ondar Kongar-ol 2-10-99 Lyric Opera House Baltimore, Maryland

TEDxCaltech – Steve Collins, Lyle Mays, Kongar-Ol Ondar – Tuva or Bust!

TEDxCaltech – Steve Collins, Lyle Mays, Kongar-Ol Ondar – Tuva or Bust!

39,196 views•Mar 11, 2011 3614ShareSaveTEDx Talks 25.2M subscribers A vignette from “Tuva or Bust!” by Ralph Leighton Richard Feynman – Steve Collins Tuvan throat singer – Kongar-Ol Ondar Directed by Shirley Marneus Music by Kongar-Ol Ondar and Lyle Mays Tuvan stamps provided by Alan Leighton Presentation assistance by Ian Leighton Feynman portrait by Sylvia Posner Ladakhi monk costume sewn by Gwyneth Feynman, courtesy of Michelle Feynman About TEDx, x = independently organized event: In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.) On January 14, 2011, Caltech hosted TEDxCaltech, an exciting one-day event to honor Richard Feynman, Nobel Laureate, Caltech physics professor, iconoclast, visionary, and all-around “curious character.” Visit TEDxCaltech.com for more details.

Kongar-ol Ondar & Paul Pena GENGHIS BLUES

Genghis Blues movie poster artKongar-ol Ondar & Paul Pena
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October 2 2005 Update: it is with heavy hearts that we inform you that Paul Pena passed away today.

Genghis Blues

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.

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Official Web Sites

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.

Video Release

Genghis Blues is now available (as of December, 2000) on videocassette and DVD.


  • Paul’s good friend and long time helper Seth Augustus has released his own CD of Tuvan-influenced music.  Seth has studied under Paul and we refer you to his CD as a small thanks for his efforts in helping Paul over the years.
  • http://www.fotuva.org/gb/index.html

Chevy Chase Show 1993-10-01 Tuvan Throat Singing

Chevy Chase Show 1993-10-01 Tuvan Throat Singing

14 877 vues•19 déc. 2013 165 3 Partager Enregistrerados4k 6,24 k abonnés Tuvan throat singing segment frrom the October 1, 1993 episode of the Chevy Chase Show featuring Kongar ol Ondar (RIP) and Bady Dhorzhu Ondar. This is a repaired version of another video found on Youtube that is currently broken.

Tyvam (My Tuva) – Kongar-ol Ondar, Evgeny Saryglar & Alash Ensemble

Tyvam (My Tuva) – Kongar-ol Ondar, Evgeny Saryglar & Alash Ensemble

Published on Feb 15, 2015

Footage from the documentary “The Secrets of Khomei, Voices From Tuva” Lyrics (translated from questionable subtitles): (All) On this earth we live we live for centuries here This is Tuva, our country and we are Tuvans! (Second verse missing) (Ayan-ool Sam) The country is our life Delighted are our hearts Because we still live in the same way That we have always lived (Bady-Dorzhu Ondar) As long as our steppe exists As long as our taiga exists We remain here Until the end of days (All) If we want to remain true Tuvans We must always keep singing our khöömei If we let our voices sound We bring our people happiness — From what very, very little Tuvan I know, I’m pretty sure these lyrics are inaccurate. They don’t seem to correspond to the words being spoken. The translated lyrics were probably altered to sound good in Dutch. Translating them to English further confuses the point.

Kongar-ool Ondar, Kaigal-ool Khovalyg and Anatoli Kuular – Ching Soortukchulerining Yrysy

Kongar-ool Ondar, Kaigal-ool Khovalyg and Anatoli Kuular – Ching Soortukchulerining Yrysy

Published on Jul 23, 2009

This song is about Tuvan caravaners, who use to travel to China about 500/700 years ago for trading and other proposes.


Master Tuvan Throat Singer Kongar-ol Ondar (Коңгар-оол Ондар) Unplugged in Marin

Master Tuvan Throat Singer Kongar-ol Ondar (Коңгар-оол Ондар) Unplugged in Marin

Published on Jan 25, 2011

Master Tuvan throat singer Kongar-ol Ondar performs at a house concert in Marin County, California, Jan 2011. The whistling sound you hear is the isolated overtones of his voice, achieving single-singer harmony. There are no other instruments or vocals besides his singing and the strumming of his doshpuluur (tuvan guitar). He appeared in the acclaimed documentary “Genghis Blues” and has performed on David Letterman.