Mongolian Throat Singing - Khoomei


If you have ever listened to The Hu they sing in this throaty, rugged, and overtone way. It is a combination of singing with the Mongolian art of singing Khoomei.


Khoomei or more commonly know the Mongolian Throat Singing is a particular variant of Overtone singing. It has been inscribed in Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO in 2009.


In Mongolian throat singing, the performer produces a fundamental pitch and—simultaneously—one or more pitches over that. The history of Mongolian throat singing reaches far back. Many male herders can throat sing, but women are beginning to practice the technique as well. The popularity of throat singing among Mongolians seems to have arisen as a result of geographic location and culture. The open landscape of Mongolia allows for the sounds to carry a great distance. Ethnomusicologists studying throat singing in these areas mark khoomei as an integral part of the ancient pastoral animism still practice