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'Asian diva' returns
By Chen Nan (China Daily)
Updated: 2009-10-31 14:21

'Asian diva' returns

Inner Mongolia is home to a wide diversity of Mongolian musical styles and sounds, from pop to folk.

Urna Chahar-tugchi, who was born to a family of livestock farmers living in the grasslands of the Ordos in the southwest region of Inner Mongolia autonomous region, is an artist who developed her musical talent and instincts while learning the yangqin (Chinese dulcimer) in Hohhot, the capital of Inner Mongolia.

She is inspired by the ancient traditions she learned while growing up on the grasslands. Many of Urna's songs evoke the immense Mongolian grasslands and tell of the Mongolian ways of life.

"I interpret my songs with all my life and energy, and thus I feel rebirth after each performance," she says.

Her 2004 album, Amilal (Life), is a record of her travels after leaving Mongolia and living in European countries. Now based in Bavaria, Germany, Urna is well-known on the musical stages of Europe. She has also collaborated with renowned musicians such as violinists Ramesh Shotham from India, Zoltan Lantos from Hungary, and percussionists Djamchid Chemirani and Keyvan Chemirani from Iran, who will accompany her in her debut performance in Beijing.

Some European critics have call Urna an "Asian diva" and her contributions to world music were recognized in 2003 with a major German music award, the Ruth Prize, which named her the Best International Artist.

8 pm, tonight. National Library Concert Hall, 33 Zhongguancun Nandajie, Haidian district. 6417-7845.