October 2 2005 Update: it is with heavy hearts that we inform you that Paul Pena passed away today.
American throatsinger and bluesman Paul Pena had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer (and was subsequently rediagnosed with pancreatitis - see www.paulpena.com for some more detail).
In 1995 Paul travelled to Kyzyl to participate in the Khoomei symposium and placed first in the kargyraa category. This journey was the focus of the documentary "Genghis Blues". Paul is well known to Friends of Tuva as "Cher Shimjer" (Earthquake), one half of the band Genghis Blues (with Kongar-ol Ondar), and he is also known in the blues world and in the rock world.
Paul had been living with a pancreatic illness for several years. Originally thought to be cancer, it now looks more like pancreatitis. The generous contributions of people like you made it possible for Paul to receive round the clock care in his apartment in San Francisco.
Official Web Sites
Articles and Reviews
Here's a list of references to reviews about the movie, articles about Paul Pena and Roko Belic and Adrian Belic, and related items online. It's really great to see a few Friends of Tuva chase after a dream and actually realize it.
Genghis Blues is now available (as of December, 2000) on videocassette and DVD.