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Kongar-ol Ondar the Tuvan Singer

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Here is Ondar performing on the David Letterman show back in 1999.

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And here is something a little more up to date!

Overtone singing (also known as Throat singing) is a fascinating method of singing where the singer is able to manipulate the harmonic resonance created from the air traveling from the lungs past the vocal cords to produce a melody. Talented overtone singers have the ability to produce from two to four different notes at the same time!

Kongar-ol Ondar, is one such person who can do this and has garnered much international attention and fans. Hailing from Tuva (a small protectorate of Russia) Kongar-ol sings a brand of overtone singing that is aptly known as Tuvan.

A fascinating fact arose when researching about this topic in that overtone singing seems to be known and practiced by many cultures around the World for centuries! For example one such people are the Inuit of Canada who have a style called Katajjaq which is facing a resurgence in popularity.

Kongar-ol Ondar's Official Website - Link

I had the awesome opportunity to see the traditional Tuvan group Huun-Huur-Tu ( a couple of years ago (in Bloomington, Indiana, home of Indiana U., no less!), and it was completely mesmerizing to hear this stuff live. Got my copy of "60 Horses in My Herd" autographed too!
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That's awesome! This style of rap should catch on. Freestylin about his fly wardrobe, the killa graffiti in his hood, and the sweet, sweet locomotive that drives the tribes wild.

Also: Jews harp(!) goes great with his talent.
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I love this stuff! If you like Kongar-ol Ondar, be sure to check out Bugotak!


p.s. Tuvan throat singing shouldn't even be in the same thread as Scandinavian metal...

Just sayin'!
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the first recording on which i ever heard this type of singing was on an album by Kronos Quartet. thanks for posting about something i've wanted to know more about for a long time.
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Fantastic. After a lot of practice, I can do two notes at once, but Ondar is astonishing. I'd never seen video of him before, just the albums.
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Sounds like a song from the "Gangs of New York" soundtrack called "Sshhu" by Durgen Chugaa. I think I spelled that right. Anyway, the same kind of guttural singing. Very cool.
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hehehe, I think it's a bonus that he looks so happy while he throat sings, plus he has the cutest face EVER! Watch out American Idol!
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