AFROTRONIX

With a voice as immense as her Siberian homeland and an impressive vocal range that can go from playful and childlike to gigantic and soaring within the space of a few minutes, Namgar Lhasaranova fronts the band Namgar (meaning “white cloud”). The four-piece group from Buryatia (a republic of Russia) fuses traditional Buryat and Mongolian music with elements of pop, jazz, folk, ambient soundscapes and art-rock. Namgar uses traditional Mongolian instruments, including the yatag (a 13-stringed zither), the chanza (a three-stringed lute) and the morin khuur (a two-stringed bowed instrument), along with electric bass and drums to craft its unique sound. The inventive arrangements are new, but the stories told in the songs are as old as the indigenous Buryats themselves, with tales and myths of ancient Mongol fighters, champions, horses and famous battles.

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NAMGAR

(RUSSIA)