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Ondar: Back Tuva Future

When, several years back, Tuva became a hot spot on the musical globe-as defined by western consumer tastes-it seemed at once remote and familiar. Yes, this idyllic pocket of a nation, nestled in mountainous terrain between Mongolia and Siberia, qualified as a relatively unadulterated native culture worth investigating. But the musical culture itself wasn’t so alienating to those accustomed to, say, cowboy culture, despite the exotic presence of throat-singing and peculiar indigenous stringed instruments.

Makes sense, on some level: Tuvans are horse people, and so are we Americans, if the frontier mythology etched into our collective unconscious is to be believed.

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