Album: Hanggai, He Who Travel Far (World Connection)

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Some of the songs sound Kazakh, others Kyrgyz, and there's a lovely lullaby on this new album from these stars of the Mongolian grasslands.

Hanggai recorded this as a "live" performance with minimal studio effects to gently complement the throat singing. And though they've brought in outside musicians, the rhythm of horses' hooves still pervades everything, either created by gentle strumming on the lute, or by percussion, while the morin khuur fiddle spreads its warmth. We are in the wilds of Central Asia.