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No. 4 of Europes world music charts – November 2008 and No. 3 in Germany, November 2008.
The long expected studio album of Huun-Huur-Tu was created in cooperation with famous singer Sainkho from Tuva. The aim was to produce an album based on ballads, with sounds of silence and nature, closed to the great enviroment of central Asia. The listener should dive into the nature and take time for “Mother-Earth! Father-Sky!” The music infers itself to the listener at the moment he/she takes time to relax.
What surprises and delights people who visit Tuva for the first time is that vast expanse of pristine nature. The tenderness of springs, the wildness of rivers, the calmness of lakes, framed by severe, age-old mountains. And in Tuva, people are amazed by the immense sky, always blue in the daytime, and infinitely starry at night. And what else?… Tuvan melodies. They have probably been sounding out for a thousand years between the great sky and the pristine earth. And this calls to mind the words of Sotpaa Sat, the greatest story-teller of Tuva:
“In this world, all plants and human beings have their father and mother; that is how the deity created it. Man’s father is the sky, they say. From the very beginning, the sky was man’s father, so people say.“
“Once upon a time, when the flat thing used to float by like the wind, and the round thing used to roll by like a ball, three storms raged in this world. First the fire storm blazed and covered the world with flames. Then the water storm brought a flood and triumphed over the fire storm, putting the fire out, so they say.
Finally the tempest began and razed the high mountain of Sumber-Uula to the ground. The Earth speck emerged from the Sumber-Uula Taiga, which the tempest had destroyed, and crushed the water spout and dried the flood.
People say the tempest created this world. In the place of the tempest, rivers, mountains, valleys, seas and mankind appeared. So they say.
Since that time, Father Sky and Mother Earth have coexisted and cannot live without each other. If the fire of the white sky goes and heaven vanishes, then all the living things and beings on Earth will perish […]“
“Mother-Earth, I beg you to grant me happiness.
Mother Earth, I beg you to grant me luck.
Mother-Earth, I beg you to protect and care for my children.
Mother-Earth, I beg you to protect my home and origins.”