Kongar-ol-Ondar, Tuvan Throat-Singer

Kongar-ol-Ondar, Tuvan Throat-Singer

Published on Dec 6, 2014

An impromptu after-dinner performance with a borrowed guitar by the late great Tuvan virtuoso, Kongar-ol-Ondar, co-star of “Genghis Blues” and inspiration to physicist Richard Feynman and his friend Ralph Leighton in their quest for Tannu Tuva… See Ralph Leighton’s new book “The Legend of Ondar the Groovin’ Tuvan” in the Apple iBooks Store now! https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/lege…

Kongar-ol Ondar with Bady-Dhorzhu Ondar on the Chevy Chase Show – 1993

Kongar-ol Ondar with Bady-Dhorzhu Ondar on the Chevy Chase Show – 1993

Published on Jan 16, 2014

Kongar-ol Ondar and his student Bady-Dorzhu Ondar appear on the Chevy Chase show, October 1 1993. Bady-Dhorzu Ondar is now a musician who performs around the world with the Alash Ensemble. Kongar-ol Ondar passed away July 24, 2013 in his beloved country of Tuva as a result of complications after emergency surgery for a hemorrhage of the brain. Needless to say, this comes as a shock to all those who knew him and all those who enjoyed his music. Thankfully, we still have his recordings to remember him by.

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.

Learn to Throat Sing in Tuva!

Learn to Throat Sing in Tuva!

Published on Dec 11, 2015

In this video, Tuvan throat singer Ayan Shirzhik of the Alash Ensemble invites you to study the vocal art of throat singing in the Republic of Tuva with TravelTuva. Partnered with Tuvan musicians, cultural leaders, and government offices, TravelTuva provides adventures and cultural tours in this little known Siberian republic.