Ondar Kongar-ol Ondar
Master throatsinger from the land of Tuva
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June 18, 2014

On the night before his return to Tuva after riding in the Rose Parade in 2013, Kongar-ol Ondar recorded some tracks impromptu for Dirtwire artists Evan Fraser and David Satori, who are big Ondar / Tuva fans.

The result can be heard -- free -- at http://www.dirtwire.net/music/ondar-ep/

There is a free download on their site (for the moment), and if you're so inclined, you can buy the EP for $5 at BandCamp, a great site that supports artists well. (A portion of the proceeds will go to Ondar's legacy in Tuva.)

You can find more of Ondar's music, along with recordings of the godfather of the Tuva adventure, Richard Feynman, at  http://kongar-olondar.bandcamp.com

The remixes of Dirtwire might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I like them a lot -- and I know Ondar was always keen to expand the horizons of his artistry and the reach of Tuvan music (witness Genghis Blues and Back TUVA Future), so I'm sure he would have enjoyed this EP.

What a tragedy that Ondar left us so soon -- he had so much energy, it seems his body couldn't hold it!

Tuvanly yours,


August 11, 2013

In memory of Ondar, Zappa.com has posted a short sample of the recording that Ondar made at the home of Frank Zappa in 1993.

August 10, 2013

The  Los Angeles Times has published an obituary for Kongar-ol Ondar.

August 9, 2013

This week National Public Radio's show "Fresh Air" broadcast a 10-minute piece on Kongar-ol Ondar, titled Remembering The People's Throat Singer Of Tuva.  The show incorporates part of a 1999 interview in which Ondar demonstrated his singing for Fresh Air host Terry Gross. Because he didn't speak English, Back Tuva Future co-producer Ralph Leighton (co-founder of Friends of Tuva) joined Ondar in the studio to translate.

August 4, 2013

The New York Times has published a comprehensive and respectful obituary for Ondar, describing the remarkable life he lived.

July 25, 2013

It is with heavy hearts that we inform you that Kongar-ol Ondar passed away last night in Kyzyl.  Those who knew him are shocked and it is too soon for us to put our thoughts into words, there will be time for that later.  It is in some ways an end of an era.  A
n obituary has been written by Jonathan Kaminsky of Reuters.

For those of you who have asked about helping out ONDAR -- both continuing the Tuvan culture and Ondar's family, contributions to the KO Legacy Fund can be made at http://www.kolegacy.org/

Memorial Fund donations will serve to support the cultural activities as well as the family of Kongar-ol Ondar.


May, 2013

Ondar's 1996 album Echoes of Tuva is available once again!  See kongar-olondar.bandcamp.com for the details.

Kongar-ol Ondar - Echoes of Tuva Ondar and Feynman - Tuva Talk



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