2 June 2018

The Spirit of Tengri. The main event of the summer

The Spirit of Tengri. The main event of the summer


23.00 See you tomorrow!

22.58 "We play our own music. We are very happy to meet open, beautiful, bright people here who dance, sing and listen with pleasure to our show. It is so cool to be here and we will definitely come again. We really like Kazakh music, and it is very similar to the one we play," the musicians said.


22.25 "It is the second year that Israeli groups participate in the Spirit of Tengri Festival with the support of the Israeli Embassy in Kazakhstan, and this year Q2A band, famous in Israel, has arrived in Almaty. In general, world music is very popular in Israel. Almaty will have a chance to hear, perhaps, one of the best and brightest Israeli bands in the genre of world music. I am inviting everybody to come to the Festival to watch this wonderful show. This year everything has been organised on a much higher level. In my opinion, this is one of the brightest and the most professional festivals, not only in Kazakhstan, but also in Central Asia. We are very pleased to work with the organization team and believe that it is very important to continue to participate in the Festival. It is a wonderful event, incredible atmosphere, fantastic audience, amazing weather. What a wonderful night! I wish everyone to enjoy the show," Michael Brodsky, Israel's Ambassador to Kazakhstan shared.


22.10 The long-awaited performance of Q2A band from Israel has started!

Quarter To Africa (Q2A) was founded as a duo in 2014. Soon, it became a versatile band, combining grooves of the electric oud, saxophone, trumpet, electric guitar, bass, drums, percussion, synthesizer and vocals (all seven members of the band call themselves a big family). Their music creates a unique collage, fusing traditional Arabic tunes with African rhythms, jazz and funk. The philosophy of the group is based on love, unity and friendship. They skillfully balance between the well-organised and improvisation, being optimistic and laid-back, combining the complex and the simple.

21.50 During his performance, Childo Thomas played a song dedicated to plov!  The phrase "Tengri and plov!”, surely, made the audience very happy and they sang along with great pleasure.

According to The Spirit of Tengri organisation team, last year in Kazakhstan the musician first tried pilaf and was so delighted that he could not help making a song about the dish.


"It's been great, we're happy to be here with our band and you! Time has passed very quickly for us. Music has no boundaries, and so does this feeling inside. I'm from Africa, my groupmate is Mexican, and we make music together. We are from different countries and each of us brings the national culture and music traditions of our homelands. We bark on stage because dogs also produce sounds and it is music, too. We can imitate sounds produced by various animals and, in fact, at our national festivals loads of different sounds can be heard.  We reproduce our feelings. Our songs have a base and skeleton, and everything else is pure improvisation during the show. We have not tried the national dishes yet, but we've already had plov. Therefore, during the show we kept singing "Plov, plov!" - the musician shared.


A Mozambican bass player Childo Thomas already performed at The Spirit of Tengri a year ago. Back then he joined a band of a Guinean musician Sekou Koyate. The musician liked the Kazakhstani Festival so much that he decided to bring his own jazz project Childo Tomas. The band is famous for its energy music based on a combination of Mozambican rhythms (marrabenta), jazz, Spanish and Latin American vibes.


21.28 "Every year we make surprises, this year we have prepared an exclusive lineup, the geography has expanded from Africa to our regions. This year there are a lot of newcomers such as bands from Armenia and Uzbekistan. There are a lot of bands from Africa this year. To be more precise, this time the stage of the Festival will welcome a really massive band Steppe Scape that we call the "Eurasian team". This band is unique because it includes the top musicians in the genre. These are the musicians from the Namgar band,  Radik Tyulush from the Tuvan band Huun-Huur-Tu, Robert Yuldashev from the Bashkir "Kuraisy",  Angela Manukyan , a famous Moscow singer. This year a musician from Kazakhstan will join this project for the first time and the band will sing a few folk Kazakh songs in a completely new arrangement, "- the head producer of The Spirit of Tengri, Zhan Kasteev shared.


21.10 Mozambican bass player Childo Thomas began his show with the words: "Rakhmet, Tengri!".


The Shono band from Buryatia already performed at The Spirit of Tengri in May 2017 and was very warm welcomed by the audience. And today the audience doesn’t want to let them go off the stage. In Shono music, the spirit of ancient nomadic peoples merges with the "heavy" rock sounding, the band stands alongside the best contemporary groups of Siberian and Mongolian ethno-rock.


"We loved absolutely everything, especially the organization, warm welcome, and the delicious food. The sound is just perfect, which is very rare. Tomorrow we are going to the mountains. We like Kazakhstan very much, and we are planning to visit Astana in June. Today there is a very cheerful and lively audience. We are getting do much energy from them and we are also sharing ours. We love it here. Today we have played new songs that will be released in our new album at the end of 2018. We take folk songs and create a new arrangement for them," the musicians said.


20.19 "We are holding this Festival as a part of the 20th anniversary of the Capital of our homeland, It is opening a series of concerts in Kazakhstan, the next one will be in Astana. Today's lineup is truly unique. It has been updated with new bands.  This time we have invited those bands that have received the warmest welcome from the audience in the previous years, Therefore, the guests of the Festival will enjoy an unforgettable atmospheric show, that will not be inferior but perhaps superior to the previous ones,” Sergei Maiboroda, the chief director of The Spirit of Tengri said.


20.00 The Festival continued with Shono band from Buryatia. The name of the band means "the wolves".


19.40 Akim of Almaty Bauyrzhan Baibek welcomed the audience of The Spirit of Tengri.


"The Spirit of Tengri Festival is one of the brightest international cultural projects in Almaty that has become a recognized brand in the world of music. It has reveals the uniqueness and diversity of Almaty, the friendliness and hospitality of Kazakhstan, to the whole world," Bauyrzhan Baibek said.


19.35 Sakhara's contemporary music is played under the sky of Almaty.


19.10 The Almaty audience is especially soulful, as always.


The never-failing audience of The Spirit of Tengri is making us happy today again!


18.50 Now on the stage here comes EZZA band from the Republic of Niger. The musicians have given their hearts to the listeners.


The trio EZZA represents the style of the Tuareg tribes on the world musical scene, bringing it to a new level. The musicians mix modern rock sound with African vibes, trance and groove. EZZA's desert blues-rock with its dynamic and sensual tunes is called "the modern sound of the Sahara". 


18.45 "Thank you, Kazakhstan, you great audience! Kazakhstan is our neighbor, our blood brothers and sisters. We love everything! We are speechless! We have been preparing this program for three months specially for the Festival. Next time we will do even better!" the head of Abbos band Ravshan Yunussov said.


"I visited the festival last year and the year before, I like it very much! I cannot say which bands I like more or less, because they are all unique and so interesting," Olesya Tarasenko said.


18.20 "Every year the geography of the participants is expanding, therefore, the technical rider becomes more complicated, because the musicians come with unusual content and extraordinary instruments. If you have noticed - the stage is bigger, deeper, and it is "stuffed "with the light equipment. I think this is the kind of music that will surprise and inspire everybody," the executive producer of The Spirit of Tengri, director of the national radio station Tengri FM Madina Umorbekova shared.


18.00 The festival was opened by Abbos band from Uzbekistan, who prepared a bright and colorful show.

Abbos is named after its founder - drummer Abbos Kasimov. The musician, who is known for incredible emotionality, plays the doira (a percussion musical instrument resembling tambourine) and other national instruments. It is possible to hear the sounds of zurna, karnay and nogora in the group's music.

17.55 The opening of The Spirit of Tengri 2018 has begun! The musicians have come up to the stage to welcome the audience. Traditionally, they have received a great round of applause.

17.30 There are more and more people arriving at the Festival site. Before the start of the show, the audience are attending an artisan fair of hand-made good and unusual musical instruments.

17.00.  VI International Festival of Contemporary Ethnic Music The Spirit of Tengri have started.


The VI International Festival The Spirit of Tengri is held on June 2 and 3, 2018, 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 and traditionally live sound of high quality, lighting that is literally seen from space.


 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 website and in the social networks of The Spirit of Tengri project.  


On the days of the Festival, bus on routes 29, 48, 120, 121, 141 will run until 23:30.

Argymak - Bur baikamys
Bolot Bairyshev - Ak Burkhan
Aldaspan - Elge qayt
Chyltys - Aba chonym
Namgar - Yundengogo
Sharapat - Kok sholaq
Nordic Namgar - My Winters Day
Tigrahaud - Arlan-kazak
Gulzada - Kurmanbek
Radik Tyulyush - Er-le Changys


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