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Sayan Ring Festival

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Saturday 09 July 2011

Andy Kershaw visits the Sayan Ring Festival in Shushenskoe in deepest Siberia. Modelled on the UK's WOMAD Festival, it draws artists and audiences from across the Russian Federation and beyond. Andy meets some of the headline acts, including local boys Huun Huur Tu from nearby Tuva, Daler Nazarov from Tajikistan, and veteran German world music band Dissidenten, and he gets a masterclass in throat singing.

The Sayan Ring Festival is located in Siberia's Sayan Ring mountains. Shushenskoe was a major tourist town during the Soviet era, as one of Lenin's places of exile - and as interest in Lenin declined in the post-Soviet years, the town turned to music and culture to fill its monolithic hotel. Huun Huur Tu is the area's best-known band, having taken their Tuvan throat-singing style all over the world. Daler Nazarov started out as a rock musician, spent years as a successul film music composer, and has now returned to touring with a band, this time with music strongly based on Tajik traditions. Berlin-based band Dissidenten have been called the 'grandfathers of world beat', and had great success in the 1990s with songs such as 'Fata Morgana'. Andy's throat-singing lesson comes from Albert Kuvezin, one of the pioneers of the popularisation of Tuvan music through his work with Huun Huur Tu and Yat Kha. The programme was recorded at the 2010 Sayan Ring Festival.

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8 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • BBC Location Recording - Sayan Ring Festival

    • Image for Huun‐Huur‐Tu

      Huun‐Huur‐Tu Oske Tcherde

      BBC Recording, July 2010, Shushenskoe, Siberia

    • Image for Huun‐Huur‐Tu

      Huun‐Huur‐Tu Saryglaar

      BBC Recording, July 2010, Shushenskoe, Siberia

    • Image for Daler Nasarov

      Daler Nasarov Turki Sheroz

      BBC Recording, July 2010, Shushenskoe, Siberia

    • Image for Daler Nasarov

      Daler Nasarov Chasmi Kabudi

      BBC Recording, July 2010, Shushenskoe, Siberia

  • BBC Location Recording - Session on the banks of the Yennesey River

    • Image for Albert Kuvezin

      Albert Kuvezin improvisation

      BBC Recording, July 2010, banks of the Yennesey

    • Image for Albert Kuvezin

      Albert Kuvezin Song to the Spirits

      BBC Recording, July 2010, banks of the Yennesey

  • BBC Location Recording - Sayan Ring Festival

    • Image for Dissidenten

      Dissidenten Sultan Swing

      BBC Recording, July 2010, Shushenskoe, Siberia

    • Image for Dissidenten

      Dissidenten Fata Morgana

      BBC Recording, July 2010, Shushenskoe, Siberia

  • Sayan Ring Festival

    Sayan Ring Festival

    Stall holders at the Sayan Ring Festival.

  • Daler Nazarov

    Daler Nazarov

    Daler Nazarov
  • Daler Nazarov

    Daler Nazarov

  • Andy Kershaw

    Andy Kershaw

    Andy Kershaw admires the hotel toilet

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