2 June 2018
The Spirit of Tengri today. The show that can be seen from space
Tonight, the VI International Festival of Contemporary Ethnic Music The Spirit of Tengri starts in the Abay Square in front of the Republic Palace in Almaty. On the eve of the Festival, Tengrinews.kz talked to the members of some bands, Ezza from the Republic of Niger, Q2A from Israel, and YELÉ band born in France.
"On the world scene, we represent the music of Tuareg tribes. Our group was formed eight years ago. It is our first time in Kazakhstan. As soon as we were invited, we started to find out about The Spirit of Tengri Festival. And what we found was really astonishing. We hope, that we can surprise the Kazakhstani audience and share a lot of real emotions with them,"- Adam Goumour the leader of Ezza trio says.
Also for the first time The Spirit of Tengri welcomes the Israeli band Q2A - the musicians mix Arabian tunes with African jazz rhythms. The band have arrived in our country with the support of the Israeli Embassy in Kazakhstan. "We are very happy to be in Kazakhstan; we hope to make a groovy party here with people who will come to the Festival. We have prepared very cool songs, so we are looking forward to seeing you at the Spirit of Tengri, " Elyasaf Bashari the Q2A's frontman invites excitingly Almaty residents and guests to the Festival.
"When me and Jacques met, we started to participate in festivals together. We were experimenting by mixing African and Australian music. The name for the band was born from the same names of our children. Yele stands for "light." We use various unusual instruments from Africa. Jacques plays the guitar called vakora. He is also the vocalist. The third member of the band plays the didgeridoo, a musical instrument from Australia, as well as the instrument called yedoki. Our band plays in different music genres: pop, rock, jazz, Australian music, which results in a new genre of our own ", - the member of French-born YELÉ band Losso Keita says.
The VI International Festival The Spirit of Tengri will be held on the first weekend of the summer - June 2 and 3 in the Abay Square in front of the Republic Palace in Almaty. The start is at 17:00. Free entrance. The guests should expect a beautiful, powerful live show: traditionally live sound of high quality, lighting that is literally seen from space, and, definitely, the Festival's signature family atmosphere. On the days of the Festival, bus on routes 29, 48, 120, 121, 141 will run until 23:30.
In total, there will performances fromv11 magnificent ethnoworld bands: the Israeli band Q2A, the Buryat wolves Shono, the band from Spain Childo Tomas, the Bashkir rockers Argymak, the Gata Band from Armenia, the French-Algerian group Speed Caravan, the Abbos band from Uzbekistan, Aldaspan project (Kazakhstan), the EZZA band from the Republic of Niger, the French-born YELÉ group, and the Steppe Scape project ("Stars of Eurasia") along with the best DJs of Kazakhstan.
If you happen to be far from Almaty and you will not be able to attend the open air show in front of the Republic Palace, you still will be able to enjoy the Festival through a high-quality online broadcast with multi-channel sound on Tengrinews.kz website and in the social networks of The Spirit of Tengri project. The online broadcast available by clicking the link starts at 17.00.
The Festival is held with the support of the Almaty Akimat. The general partner of the project is Magnum Cash&Carry supermarket chain. Support by the tour operator Tez Tour Kazakhstan. Guests are welcomed by the Hotel Kazakhstan. Technical support for the Festival is provided by KZ Sound. The official water of the festival is ARZU.
The Spirit of Tengri is a multicultural project established by the national radio station Tengri FM in 2012. The Festival aims at demonstrating the ethnic traditions of the countries of the world on the Kazakh land. Over five years, more than 100 thousand Kazakhstanis and guests of the country have been its visitors. Musicians from 30 countries and regions of the world have been on this stage. Among them are the Turkish group BaBa Zula, the Chinese-Mongolian band Hanggai, the Magyar band Tilla Török's Band & Holdviola, the Estonian ethno band TRAD.ATTACK!, the Georgian trio The Shin, the band from Bashkortostan "Argymak", the Buryat-Finnish-Norwegian project Nordic Namgar, master of throat singing Radik Tyulush with the project "Chalama" from Tuva. Kazakhstan has been represented by the ethno music groups Aldaspan, Sharapat, Tigrahaud, Roksonaki, as well as the master of folklore Yedil Khussainov.
In previous years the general partner of the Festival was Kaspi.kz.