Music of Kalmykia

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Kalmykia is a national republic within the Russian Federation. The music of Kalmykia has its roots in the musical culture of Oirats which is part of Mongolian nation. Traditional instruments include the dombra, which is used to accompany dance music. The state folk ensemble Tulpan was formed in 1937 to promote traditional Kalmyk music.

Epic bard and throat singer Okna Tsagaan Zam is a Kalmyk that performs the ancient Oirat epic Jangar. He usually accompanies himself on the dombra, but has been known to have the accompaniment of the Mongolian morin huur while singing the epic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VeP5HSz9P4


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