Mongolian Music: Hanggai

Mongolian throat singing is guttural. It sounds like a Didgeridoo coming directly out of someone’s mouth. If you want to hear some the band Hanggai (杭盖) is a good choice. It’s also simply good music. They play traditional Mongolian folk in palatable doses, sometimes with a mix of rock and roll.

Hanggai is a group of 6 musicians from Inner Mongolia. They’ve gotten pretty big in the Beijing music scene. They also got a good write up from American Indie music website Pitchfork for their first album. Last month they released their second album, He Who Travels Far. For a taste, visit their Myspace page. I recommend the song ‘Dorov Morlaril’.

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