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Achai

Achai

Achai, the Tuvan word for father, describes a deep paternal participation in the upbringing and growth of a new generation. It is also a fitting title for Alash’s new album to honor Kongar-ool Ondar, who served not only as a musical father for the ensemble, but also for an entire generation of Tuvan musicians. As Ondar shared memory and tradition, so too does Alash with spirited performances and forward-thinking collaborations. In the group’s first studio album for Smithsonian Folkways, Achai beautifully illustrates the adaptability of Tuvan music—organically created and deeply rooted, yet still interconnected with the sound world of the 21st century. Featuring master beatboxer Shodekeh, alongside time-honored Tuvan throat-singing styles, the album demonstrates how members of Alash have dedicated their lives to performing, preserving, developing, and growing the Tuvan tradition. They are worthy bearers of the culture of their fathers and sons. 57 minutes, 24-page booklet.

Track Listing

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Oglumga (For My Son) Alash 3:23
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102
Odarladyp Semirtiili (Let's Fatten the Livestock) Alash 4:23
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103
Dongup xonar boldum-na be (Don’t Let Me Freeze) Alash 4:44
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104
Flute Box Alash 3:44
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105
Karachal Alash 2:42
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106
Mezhegei Alash 4:22
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107
Chügle Sen Sen (Only You) Alash 3:07
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108
Ko'sh-oi and Torgalyg Alash 5:59
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109
Kara Kush (The Black Bird) Alash 4:14
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110
Igil / Xöömei Alash 4:23
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111
My Throat, the Cuckoo Alash 3:57
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112
Achai (Father) Alash 4:24
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113
Sula salyp beereel chonum (Let’s Relax) Alash 8:30

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