Sounds of a forgotten culture

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World Music fans are in for a treat at Square Chapel arts centre, Halifax, on Sunday, February 7 when nine-piece band AnDa Union present ‘The Inner Voice of Mongolia’.

The band’s members hail from different ethnic nomadic cultures from all over Inner Mongolia and bring with them a strong musical tradition that has been passed from generation to generation. They are driven by a desire to promote the essence of traditional Mongolian music.

The group describe themselves as music gatherers, digging deep into Mongol traditions and unearthing forgotten music.

Keenly aware of the threat to the grasslands and age-old Mongolian culture, AnDa Union are determined to fight for the survival of their endangered way of life.

One of the members said: “Our music draws from all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified. We all have different ethnic backgrounds and we bring these influences into our music.

There is a wealth of folk music for us to learn - but so far our repertoire of songs is like a drop in the ocean.”

Drummer Bataar said: “Young Mongolians like us now understand how important our culture is but maybe the next generation won’t care - and we have to prevent this from happening.”

AnDa Union are part of a musical movement that is finding inspiration in old and forgotten songs that had all but disappeared during China’s recent tumultuous past.

The show starts at 7.30pm.

For box office information tel: 01422 349422.