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Tributes: Kongar-ol Ondar

Thursday, August 08, 2013

One of the most memorable interviews on our show was when Kongar-ol Ondar came by our old studios at One Centre Street.  He was a master of Tuvan throat singing -- where the vocalist can produce two, or more, notes simultaneously.  Margalit Fox said in the New York Times that it "sounds like the bewitching, remarkably harmonious marriage of a vacuum cleaner and a bumblebee."  With Leonard's coaxing, Ondar demonstrated on air.  And it suddenly felt like we were on the steppes of Mongolia...You can hear for yourself...

Ondar died recently at the age of 51.

Kongar-ol Ondar on the Leonard Lopate Show in 1999

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