The Music

Recorded Live in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China

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In 2003 AnDa Union was formed and a unique style of Mongolian music was born. The band are all trained in traditional Mongolian music from a young age, many coming from musical families. AnDa Union are accomplished singers, moving fluently from hoomai, the guttural throat song, to the clear long notes of urtinduu, long-song. They play many instruments including the morin huur, the maodun chaoer, a three-holed flute, as well as Mongolian versions of the lute, and mouth harp. Mongols have a strong musical tradition that is passed from generation to generation. The morin huur, or horse head fiddle, pays homage to the most important animal in the Mongol culture; almost all houses have one hanging in the hallway. AnDa Union are bound by a mission to promote the essence of this music to the world. Leader of the group Narisu says, “Most of the band members have been playing together since childhood. As adults, we studied professional vocals and instruments together. We are like a family. Six years ago, AnDa Union was forged and we haven’t looked back.”