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Huun-Huur-Tu - The Orphan's Lament Mp3

  • Performer: Huun-Huur-Tu
  • Album: The Orphan's Lament
  • Label: Shanachie
  • Catalog #: Shanachie 64058
  • MP3: 2764 mb | FLAC: 1972 mb
  • Released: 1994
  • Country: US
  • Style: Overtone Singing
  • Rating: 4.7/5
  • Votes: 739
  • Category: Country & Folk
Huun-Huur-Tu - The Orphan's Lament Mp3


1Chiraa-Khoor ("The Yellow Trotter")4:52
2Exile's Song4:14
Vocals – Mergen Mongush
4Eki Attar2:22
6Aa-shuu Dekei-oo2:52
7Irik Chuduk ("The Rotting Log")6:12
9The Orphan's Lament6:44
12Kaldak Khamar2:36
13Ödugen Taiga6:53
14Khomuz Medley4:51


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
JARO 4204-2, <=VOICE⁸Huun-Huur-Tu The Orphan's Lament ‎(CD, Album, RE)JARO Medien, <=VOICEJARO 4204-2, <=VOICE⁸Germany1997
N.M. 271078 2Huun-Huur-Tu The Orphan's Lament ‎(CD, Album, RE)Nitro MusicN.M. 271078 2Greece2002
4349-1Huun-Huur-Tu The Orphan's Lament ‎(LP, Album)Jaro4349-1Germany2019


  • Artwork [Front Cover, Booklet-Design]Joan Pelosi
  • Engineer [Recording]Gennady Papin
  • Executive-Producer, Liner NotesTed Levin
  • Guitar, Performer [Doshpulur, Marinhuur], VocalsSayan Bapa
  • Mastered By [Digital]Robert Vosgien
  • Performer [Bizaanchi, Khomuz], VocalsAnatoli Kuular
  • Performer [Igil, Khomuz], VocalsKaigal-Ool Khovalyg
  • Photography ByClark Quin
  • Producer, Bells, Performer [Tungur, Dazhaanning Khavy, Amarga]Alexander Bapa
  • Recorded By, Mixed ByDavid Wonsey


"Exile's Song" and "Steppe" recorded at MosFilm Studios, Moscow. All other tracks recorded and mixed at Quad Recording Studios, New York.


  • Barcode: 0 16351 64582 1
  • Matrix / Runout: SH64058 16892A 01%
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L007
  • Label Code: LC 5762


  • Recorded At – Mosfilm Studio, Moscow
  • Recorded At – Quad Recording Studios
  • Mixed At – Quad Recording Studios
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Shanachie Entertainment Corporation


Review by Robert Walker
From the first track, their second album, Orphan's Lament grabs your attention with "Prayer" -- the deep, unearthly, sounds of Tibetan Lamaist chant. Next they move to khoomei singing. Known in the West as "throat singing," the performer produces two or more high- and low-pitched tones simultaneously. The resulting sound -- somewhat eerie, somewhat haunting -- is a combination somewhere between the sounds of a long whistle and a Jew's harp.
But Huun Huur Tu also adds new elements to the traditional sounds of Tuvan music. In addition to the igil, a two-stringed horsehead fiddle played with a bow, and the khomuz, a Jew's harp, (both traditional instruments) the group has incorporated percussion -- not a usual device in Tuvan music. Their use of a large goat-skin drum, generally reserved for shamanistic rituals, gives a rhythm to their music, making it very appealing to a Western ear. Similarly, their use of pouch rattle (made from a bull's scrotum filled with sheep knucklebones) adds a beat.
The fact Huun Huur Tu plays together, as a group, is itself unusual. Not content to blindly follow traditional Central Asian folk music, Huun Huur Tu's four, sometimes five, performers create an ensemble that offers a complex, fascinating, and harmonious mixture.
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