Urtiin duu singer
The Mongolian urtiin duu singer Samdandamba Badamkhorol (Baadma) studied the traditional art of urtiin duu singing in her home city of Ulan Bator, Mongolia. She has given concerts around the world. She has also earned a fine reputation as a music ethnologist because she numbers about the few performing artists in her country who have specialized in researching this ancient singing tradition.
A new tradition was added in 1999, when Baadma, the Mongolian urtiin duu singer, founded the annual ROARING HOOVES music festival with concerts performed for nomads in the Gobi Desert. ARTE television described this as the most marvelous cultural event and GEO Magazine ranked it among the world’s 50 most incredible journeys.
Baadma has accompanied more than 50 international cultural projects, including the first meeting of shamans and the first international conference of overtone singers in Mongolia.
The Mongolian people love to sing, not only in their yurts, but also in dialogue with nature. Very special forms of making music and unique techniques of singing arose in the context of this dialogue with nature: music for the sky, for the animals, mountains, lakes and flowers.
„We human beings belong to a small folk: we need help from others, and we need security and trust. First and foremost, we trust the blue sky. Women’s urtiin duu singing arose as a powerful dialogue with the holy blue sky in the solitude and in the overwhelming noble stillness of the Gobi Desert. Tis aloneness in the great expanse triggered a yearning and brought forth unique forms of making music, also for songs while socializing in the yurts. We humans live with and from the animals, and making music for animals is an integral part of the cultural survival strategies of the world’s greatest nomadic culture. Mongolia’s national instrument is the morin khur (horse-head violin), which produces a soft sound that even bring tears into the eyes of a mother camel, thus assuring the survival of a camel foal that she had rejected.“
(Photo: Anita Walter)