CONCERT NEWS: AnDa Union play Square Chapel Centre for the Arts, Halifax Sunday 7th February

World Music fans are in for a treat at Square Chapel Centre for the Arts, Halifax on Sunday 7th February with AnDa Union: The Inner Voice of Mongolia.

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This nine piece band have been stunning people all over the world with their music. The band members are all trained in traditional Mongolian music. Mongols have a strong musical tradition that is passed from generation to generation. AnDa Union are bound by a mission to promote the essence of this music to the world. Experience this unique and stunning feast for the eyes and ears in Halifax for one night only.

Anda Union’s thoroughly addictive combination of Mongolian musical styles is a reflection of their roots. Hailing from differing ethnic nomadic cultures the nine strong band unite tribal and music traditions from all over Inner Mongolia. Anda Union bring a wide range of musical instruments and vocal styles together in a wonderful fusion. Keenly aware of the threat to the Grasslands and their age old Mongolian culture, AnDa Union are driven by their fight for the survival of this endangered way of life, by keeping the essence of the music alive.

AnDa Union are part of a musical movement that is finding inspiration in old and forgotten songs, drawing on a repertoire of magical music that had all but disappeared during China’s recent tumultuous past. AnDa Union hold on to the essence of Mongolian music whilst creating a form of music that is new. AnDa Union combine different traditions and styles of music from all over Inner and Outer Mongolia, developing an innovation previously unheard of. The very existence of a music group like AnDa Union is new to Inner Mongolia:

“Our music draws from all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified. We all have different ethnic backgrounds and we bring these influences into our music. There is a wealth of folk music for us to learn, so far our repertoire of songs is like a drop in the ocean”

The group describe themselves as music gatherers, digging deep into Mongol traditions and unearthing forgotten music. They are on a mission to stimulate their culture and reengage young Mongols, many of who have forgotten how to speak their own language. Saihanniya is working hard to open a bar in the capital Hohhot, where she will promote music.

Bataar, the drummer says,” young Mongolians like us now understand how important our culture is but maybe the next generation won’t care and we have to prevent this from happening”.

For more information and to book call the box office on 01422 349422 or visit www.squarechapel.co.uk