Magazine article New Internationalist

Mother-Earth! Father-Sky!

Magazine article New Internationalist

Mother-Earth! Father-Sky!

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Mother-Earth! Father-Sky!

by Huun-Huur-Tu featuring Sainkho (Jaro 4281-2 CD)

This quartet of Tuvan throat-singers and musicians make music which is entwined with everyday life on the Steppes. Sporting the ethereal sounds of the doshpuluur lute, the two-stringed igi! (horsehead fiddle), shamanic drums and (even) hooves - plus a smattering of acoustic guitarsHuun-Huur-Tu could share a sonic affinity with bluegrass were it not for the extraordinary resonances of their sygt (whistling) and overtone singing. And, if this isn't enoug there's Sainkho Namtchylak, too.

The most famous of all Tuva's overtone singers, Sainkhp - as she is usually known - is a force of nature. A musician whose reach extends from folkloric ensembles to the furthest fields of the avant-garde, her singing is marked by an utter clarity of timbre, a musical daring to go that much further. …

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