KYRGYZ VOCAL MUSIC
One of the most immediately striking features of Kyrgyz vocal music is the ability of its finest exponents to sustain notes at full volume for a seemingly superhuman duration.
Song Excerpt: "Qïzïl gül "(Red Flower)
"Enjoy your life while you still have your petals,
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Song Excerpt: "Alymkan"
"The mountains of Kashgar are the final destination,
Kyrgyz vocal music is called ïr. Singer-composers who extemporaneously compose songs on a given topic are called akyns. In a long-standing tradition parallel to that of West Indian Calypso, contests of spontaneous composition pit akyn against akyn and can go on for hours. Here an akyn from Osh praises his nation's Independence.
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Song Excerpt: "Improvisation"
"I will not regret for the things that are past,
Inevitably, after over a century of Slavic cultural domination, Russian harmonic and melodic elements have become a part of Kyrgyz tradition.
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Song Excerpt: "Esi˝debi" (Do You Remember?)