Mongolian singer Otgonbayar Chuluunbaatar Preserves Songs of the Zakhchin People

Otgonbayar Chuluunbaatar

Zastiin Nogoodoi – Tribal Zakhchin Music of Western Mongolia (self release, 2007)

Otgonbayar Chuluunbaatar has recorded an album that preserves the rich tradition of her people. She is a member of the Zakhchin tribe, an ethnic minority in the steppes of Western Mongoilia with a population of 25.000 people, who speak their own dialect and keep their traditions alive up to today. Tribal Zakhchin Music of Western Mongolia is her release in a series dedicated to the music of the Zakhchin people. Her previous releases are “Songs of the Zakhchin People in Western Mongolia” and Zast Altai.

The 32 songs Otgonbayar Chuluunbaatar are "short songs" (bogino duu) and "long songs" (urtiin duu) style, which are normally  performed by women. They are normally sung a cappela or accompanied by the tobshuur (a long necked lute). In this project, she is accompanied by Wolfgang Hofer.


Otgonbayar Chuluunbaatar’s mission is to collect and preserve many of the songs from rural areas that are in danger of being lost . With Zastiin Nogoodoi – Tribal Zakhchin Music of Western Mongolia she has taken a monumental step by registereinga beautiful collection collection of music from her homeland.

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for TelevisiĆ³n EspaƱola (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.