Every few days, the hostel I’m staying at invites a local musician for a small performance of traditional music. It really was lovely to listen to – the melodies were fairly simple, but very evocative of the open grasslands and horse racing they were meant to represent.

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The instrument he is playing is called a horse headed fiddle, a two-stringed instrument traditionally used with a horsehair bow. Modern versions use the more durable nylon polymer for the bow and a simpler wooden soundbox (rather than one covered with animal skin) for a better sound.

He also demonstrated traditional throat singing – which really has to be heard to understand. It is a slightly eery sound at first, and I’m still not sure whether I like it or not…

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