LIVE From UB – Mongolian Rock Anyone?

Last year I spent two months volunteering in Mongolia.

Many of you have since heard the tales and seen and marvelled at the pictures. Of the incredible array of experiences that little known country had in store, no doubt a highlight was travelling North to the ‘Worlds’ Most Remote People’ the Tsaatan reindeer herders of Siberia.

This trip was made possible thanks to a young, incredibly talented film maker, Lauren Knapp, in Mongolia working for MTV.

Lauren Knapp, Filming For LIVE in UB, 2012

Lauren Knapp, Filming For LIVE in UB, 2012

We travelled through temperatures as low as minus -48 Celcius, through a landscape so vast and almost haunting it defied belief. In the end we found what we were looking for, an old lady still capable of singing in a style few can these days. Lauren had her film.

Before the snows melted, I was back in Europe, touring, but Lauren stayed and pursued her quest to document the surprisingly alive and vibrant Mongolian Rock Scene.

Through the talented voices of these bands and interviews with experts, LIVE FROM UB explores what it means to be Mongolian today and how Mongolians express that identity through music.

She is nearing completion and raising funds to make this very worthwhile film available. In doing so she has launched an Indego Fund Raising campaign, please help by donating anything you can to help her realise this project and show the world there is more to music than Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber!

Donations gratefully received here.

~ by 2ndcupoftea on March 15, 2013.

2 Responses to “LIVE From UB – Mongolian Rock Anyone?”

  1. I never saw any evidence of a massive ‘Rock’ culture in Mongolia when I was there last year. It is moving on, but is still way behind the times and a more traditional Mongolia is there for everyone to see. Be interesting to see this video when its finished.

  2. Hey Journey Scout, thanks for your comment. There most certainly is a very traitonal Mongolia there for all to see as you say, but really it’s fun to see how young musicians are integrating traditional lyrics with modern music. There are free ‘concerts’ and gigs in lots of UBs bars most nights. Looking forward to seeing the video and learning more too.

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