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This article is from the Tuva FAQ, by Kerry Yackoboski kerryy@nortel.ca with numerous contributions by Bernard Greenberg, Bernard Dubriel, Alan Shrives, Kevin Williams, Albert Kuvezin, Dr Oliver Corff, Mike Vande Bunt, Ralph Leighton, Masahiko Todoriki, Alan Leighton, Ken Simon, and Sami Jansson.

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34- Khomus: Jew's Harp Music of the Turkic Peoples in the Urals,
and Central Asia.
Pan Records CD PAN 2032CD
P.O. Box 155, 2300 AD Leiden, Netherlands
Phone: (+31-71)219479 fax: (+31-71)226869

While only one track (out of 33) is from Tuva, this is
an excellent survey of khomus music of the Turkic
speaking peoples. Excellent liner notes, including
repeated mention of Tuva and a Tuvan folk tale
regarding the origin of the khomus. Very listenable if
you like khomus (very twangy if you don't like
khomus...) with most of the songs being complete,
though fairly short. Music is from Gorno-Altai,
Kyrgyzstan, Tuva, Bashkortostan, and Yakutia. There is
surprising variety in the music from this simple

Here are the details on the Tuvan track (#5): ``BAYAN
KOL and BISTING TYVA (Our Tuva). Also found on LP
Melodiya 14937 #1 and #10. Many folk musicians do not
perform on the stage but rather prefer to play in a
natural environment, like the Tuvan herdsman
Khunashtaar-ool Oorzhak playing temir khomus''. Total
time: 66'03. [MVB]

35- Khoomei 92 - WTE Tapes 004
Window to Europe
Jodenbreestraat 24, 1011 NK, Amsterdam, Netherlands
tel +31-20-6245747 fax +31-20-6203570

Though I have not heard this one myself it comes highly
recommended by a friend in Amsterdam. It is a tape
(presumably also on CD) from the first International
Symposium on Throat Singing in Kyzyl, June 1992. [MVB]

36- Planet Soup
Produced by Ellipsis Arts, 20 Lumber Rd., Roslyn, NY 11576,

(800) 788-6670, FAX: (516) 621-2750.

This illustrated book (48 pages) and three compact
discs (or cassette) includes one song (1:51 minutes),
``Genghis Blues: The Ballad of Cher Shimjer (What You
Talkin' About?)'' featuring Paul Pena, (vocals,
guitars, kargyraa vocals); Kongar-ool Ondar (sygyt
vocal, khomus) and; ``C.T.'' and Rusty Gunn (backing

There's also an interesting track by Bolot Bairyshev,
from Altay in Mongolia (this track is originally from
``Voice of Asia 2'').

37- Jon Rose: Violin Music For Supermarkets
Megaphone Records, Megaphone 016 (CD), released 1994.

Sainkho Namtchylak appears on track 11, ``Shopping In
Tuva'' (3:51).

38- Yat-Kha: Yenisei-punk
Global Music Centre GMCD 9504, Finland, 1995.
Duration: 56:31
Contact: e-mail: gmc@global.pp.fi ,
http://www.globalmusic.fi/index.html (Finnish) or

Solun chaagai sovet churtum (Beautiful Soviet Country)
Karangailyg kara hovaa (In the endless black steppe)
Kaa-khem (Name of the river)
Kuu-la khashtyn baaryndan (At the foot of a mountain)
Kamgalanyr kuzhu-daa bar (We have protection force)
Irik chuduk (Rotten log)
Chashpy-khem (Name of a river)
Kadarchy (Shepherd boy)
Chok-la kizhi yry (Song of a poor lonely)
Een kurug kagban-na men (I didn't leave my yurt empty)
Toorugtub taiga (Cedar taiga)

If Michael Gira would have been born in Tuva, this is
how the Swans would sound, I guess. All the instruments
but the electric guitar are ethnic Tuvan, but I have
the impression they're not as lively and diversified as
with Huun-Huur-Tu. Also, the throat singing is quite
threatening in a monotonous way, but not as
breath-taking and crazy as with Huun-Huur-Tu. Although
many of the songs are about nature, this CD sounds very
dark and gloomy, hence the "punk" title; not the Sex
Pistols kind of punk, more like Joy Division.

Every song on its own is an impressive listening
experience, but maybe there isn't enough variation to
make the whole CD interesting enough. Luckily, some
songs have accompanying extra voices.

The last track is more than 10 minutes long, and is not
really a song, more the singer showing of his low
throat voice, which only rarely gets the "vacuum
cleaner" sound effect. Conclusion: good, but not
essential exotica stuff. [Reviewed by Johan Dada Vis


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