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Published on Jan 30, 2009
Norovbanzad Namjil(Mongolian: Намжилын Норовбанзад) was a Mongolian singer of the traditional long song.
Norovbanzad grew up in a herder family. In the late 1990s, she helped to introduce the Mongolian long song to the world.
Phonography : Urtiin Duu, Rough Trade Records 1996 Rough Trade specialised primarily in European post-punk and other alternative rock of the late 1970s and early 1980s.
--------------------- Peter Marsh is an ethnomusicologist in Ulaanbaatar. (He lives in Calfolnia now, and teaching music at California State University)
"She set the standard for what "Long Song" could be in a modern society. Like a Dolly Parton, she came from the countryside and adapted strong countryside traditions to a modern stage, to modern life."
Marsh once asked Norovbanzad what she thought about Mongolia's young musicians experimentating with her work.
"She said she wants to stay modern. She thinks that music needs to speak to the new generations and that these older forms of music can very well speak to the new generations."