Saturday, October 9, 2010

Andrei Saturday evening curiosities

If local body politics bores you, as it does me, perhaps something completely different might just the tonic.

I give you a song by Tsagaan Zam singing about his mother, in Kalmykian. If you haven't heard of Kalmykia don't worry, its a small country with a population equivalent to that of Otago and which counts as being in Europe, just.

It has a predominantly Mongolian population, descendants of the Golden Horde who got their country by protecting Russia's southern border against the depredations of the Turks.

If you listen carefully you will hear a style of singing where two voices emerge from one throat, which is pretty amazing if you think about it. Enjoy or not as the case may be.

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