Genghis Blues

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Genghis Blues (1999)

Genghis Blues is a film documentary about the journey of a blind, blues singer to Tuva to compete in the national throat singing competition, where he eventually won. The singer, Paul Pena taught himself to sing merely by listening to recordings and radio transmissions of Tuvans throat singing. Pena was able to catch legendary Tuvan icon Ondar Kongar-ool at a concert and sang for him of the spot. Ondar was so impressed, he promised to bring the blind musician to Tuva. A small group of American accompanied Pena on his journey and video taped the unique events.

Critical Reception

The film was widely received with acclaim at many film festivals. It won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival as well as the Golden Gate and Audience Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival in 1999.


The films soundtrack features recordings of Pena and Ondar together on several tracks, as well as solo tracks by Paul. The track listing is as follows:

  1. What You Talkin' About?
  2. Tras D'orizao
  3. Terraplane Blues
  4. Alash Khem (The Alash River)
  5. Ondarnyng Ayany (Medley in the style of Ondar)
  6. Durgen Chugaa (Fast Talk)
  7. Kaldak-Hamar (The Other Side of the Mountain)
  8. Konggurey (Where Has My Homeland Gone?)
  9. Eki A'ttar (Good Horses)
  10. Sunezin Yry (Soul's Song)
  11. Kargyraa Moan
  12. Tuva Farewell
  13. Got to Move
  14. Tuva Farewell
  15. Genghis Blues Soundbites
  16. Kaldak Hamar - Live
  17. Eki A'ttar (Good Horses) - Live

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