Kongar Ol Ondar – Tuva Republic

Kongar-ol Ondar (Tuvan: Ондар Коңгар-оол, March 29, 1962 – July 25, 2013) was a master Tuvan throat singer and a member of the Great Khural of Tuva. Ondar was born near the Khemchik River in western Tuva. Considered a living treasure by the Republic of Tuva, Ondar is granted a stipend and an apartment for the musical skills he possesses. Jovial and personable, Ondar is probably the best-known face of khöömei (Tuvan: хөөмей) throat singing to Westerners, appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman and in interviews for CNN and other networks.


In the Central Asian tradition of self-fulfilling child naming, Kongar-ol literally translates to “loud boy.”

Ondar is also known outside Tuva for inviting American bluesmusician Paul Pena to Tuva. Pena, who had learned throat singing before coming to Tuva, was the subject of the documentary Genghis Blues in which Ondar was also featured. –Via Wiki.


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