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Tuva Throat Singers, TUVA


Uploaded on Oct 22, 2007
October 2007
Traditionally, throat singing used to be a male only preserve in Siberia.

But Shonchulai Choodu has well and truly broken that taboo.

She’s been practising since she was five or six years old. “When I was little, going out and herding the sheep I would sing for the nature around me”, Sonchulai tells Griffiths.

When she appeared at the annual music festival in the eastern city of Chadan Shonchulai Choodo mesmerised the crowd.

Among those mightily impressed was master throat singer, Vladimir Oidoopaa, “I am especially amazed when women sing. How is that? Such sounds from a woman’s throat!”

Oidoopaa struggled during the Soviet era when, he says, throat singing was regarded as an act of “dissent”

He defied government bans for the most powerful of reasons. “Throat singing prevents our nation from dying, spiritually.”

“To me, throat singing means power and philosophy, love for my nation, love for my people, to respect other opinions and to be tolerant of different religions. “

Shonchalai Oorjak-Choodu, a female throat-singer from Republic of Tyva, TUVA


Published on Oct 13, 2012
Shonchalai Oorjak-Choodu, a female throat-singer from Republic of Tyva.
As she says: “I sing and perform khöömei as long as I remember myself”. She was born and raised up in musically talented family in Western Tuva. She used to be a member of “Tyva kyzy” ensemble. Now she is in “Tyva” ensemble, the legendary band in Tuvan music history where all famous throat-singers came from.