Music has come a long way since the days of bone flutes and Ravanahathas. There are hundreds of different music genres, and many more are still going to be invented because the classification of music into genres is very subjective and anyone with a slightly functional brain can come up with their own genre. Fuse the sound of screaming babies with that of a roaring Ferrari engine and voila, you’ve got a genre, and possibly a 5150 hold.
And as a musician, you should familiarize yourself with different genres, if for any reason to avoid inventing an unsavory genre that will mean a one way trip to the psyche ward. Khoomei is one of those music genres that are a bit out there. I thought it was something out of a recipe book, but it turns out. Khoomei is a musical form created by the Mongols, where the performer makes sounds with his throat.
The Mongols were so hardcore that even their singing was extreme. A throat singer can produce two to four notes at a time. And it’s not even an extinct genre; there are a bunch of “throat singers” around the world including the internationally famous Huun-Huur-Tu from Tuva. Formed in 1992, the group has released over 10 albums and performs all over the world. So now you know which genre to take up if you Pop dreams don’t come true.
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