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Mongolian Singer Urna
    2007-01-15 13:31:09     CRIENGLISH.com

 We've just heard a Mongolian opera piece. The music is a good combination of Mongolian folk and modern orchestral music. We'll bring you more Mongolian music by a Mongolian singer, Urna, who has made herself outstanding internationally by transcending the borders of Mongolian folk and modern pop to form her own individualized style. Xiaohua has more.

All of Urna's songs are inspired by her native land, the vast steppe in Inner Mongolia. A restless and curious composer and singer who constantly seek out new musical expressions, Urna mixes elements from a variety of other influences into Mongolian folk to create an original and fresh sound. Though she sings in Mongolian, language has never been much of a great barrier for her audiences, who don't understand the language to appreciate the emotion pouring from her songs. They will have to thank her voice instead, which is improvisational, soaring and striking in its range and beauty.

On her latest release, "Life," Urna portrays more of her view of the world and of human beings while emphasizing her traditional Mongolian musical roots as well as her internationalized music style. In the song "Rhythm" from this album, you can hear the accompaniments of typical Asian percussion instruments. The lyrics are simple, expressive and meaningful, full of unpretentious Mongolian wit. The lyrics say, "Raise your descendents to let your life continue. Day and night alternates and that's life." Let's have a listen.

(Song1: Rhythm)
Urna was born and raised on the steppes of the Ordos Prarie grasslands in 1969. Her birthplace is known as the "sea of songs." She grew up listening to her mother and grandmother's folk tunes. All of her life then was of the prairie and livestock. This changed after the visit of a professor from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music when she was 18. She made the brave decision to study at the conservatory even though at that time she could not even speak Mandarin.

After graduation, she went to Beijing and formed a band with some other singers. During this period, she became acquainted with German music producer Robert Zollitsch, who came to China to learn a Chinese seven-stringed plucked instrument. They later married. Since 1994, the couple has cooperated with other singers and toured all over the world. Nowadays, the couple lives in Germany. In 2003, Urna was awarded a Ruth, or best international artist award, in Germany. Today, European music producers see her as a representative of international music.

Let's hear the title track of this album, "Life," which really represents Urna's simple views on life. The lyrics say, "Everything on the earth multiplies endlessly. They make this world beautiful. Understanding makes every heart feel warm. Even the weakest candlelight can bright up long nights as well as the eternal universe."

(Song 2: Life)

Urna composes and sings her own songs. Being ethnically Mongolian, Urna never fails to evoke the memory and association of the beautiful Inner Mongolian prairie and life of her folks with her music.

At last, we are going to listen to the song "Tranquility." It expresses Urna's expectations for a better world. She sings, "Songs are like the sunshine. Melodies are like the moonlight. When all of the stars smile, the universe becomes so tranquil. My songs come from the bottom of my heart. I hope they can bring smiles back to those weeping faces and make this busy world a better place to live." Enjoy.

(song4: Tranquility)  




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