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Nada in Mongolia tour dates diary 4

 

Chandman sum (District) Khovd Aimag 15/9/94

 

 Chandman’ is the home of Mongolian khöömii. Last year Michael

 Ormiston was given lessons in this demanding singing style by

 Tserendaava  one of Mongolia's most famous khöömii singers.

 We arrived at the village centre very late at night and managed to

 get to Tserendavaa’s village ger. He was not there and so it was

 thought that he must be at his country ger with his cattle etc. So  

 off we went into the night in search of Tserendavaa’s ger. We

 bumped into a number of gers’ but with all the will of everyone

 trying to help we could not find it. So we all went to sleep in the

 Coach. I was woken by a didgeridoo falling on my head at dawn

 and saw a most beautiful view of mist floating around the snow

 capped Jargalant Altai Mountains. We found the country Ail

 (group of gers) of Tserendavaa, but he was not there??. What had

 happened was his wife had given birth at the very time we

 arrived and she and Tserendavaa were in the village hospital!

 We returned to the village and I went to the Hospital, which was

 just a small bungalow style building with no electricity and gave

 our blessing to the newly born child.

 

 At the concert given in the small village theatre, Tserendaava

 was the honoured guest. Gereltsogt who was travelling with

 NADA was born in Chandman’ and this was the first time he had

 been there for over 18 years. He gave a very emotional

 performance during his part of the concert. The boss of the

 village invited NADA to a picnic the next day.

A treat of boodog (goat cooked from the inside by hot rocks with the hair singed off by blow torches!) was prepared by the river

(Graeme the vegetarian discretely disappeared for the afternoon) along with numerous toasts of vodka to our continued friendship.

 

 

 

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