Dombra is the most well-known kazakh music instrument. According to archeologists’ researches, first dombras appeared about 2000 years ago. Despite this fact, this instrument still popular nowadays. Kazakh musical bands and singers use dombras making covers of famous worldwide top songs and composing their own music.
Let us tell you a little bit about this ancient but unforgotten instrument – dombra.
Usually the body of dombra is made of maple, oak or pine. It has only two catguts. However, dombra is able to convey various moods and make you imagine Kazakhstan landscapes. They say, that the soul of Kazakh people live in the melodies of dombra.
Kazakhstan performers make good use of dombras. On YouTube “Made in KZ” channel musicians share their covers and own works.
Talented Kazakhstan singer Dimash Kudaibergen, internationally recognized these days, demonstrated a virtual dombra playing at one of his concerts.
Kazakhstan duet “Bastau” won in the nomination among instrumentalists in the Hollywood show of the World championships, which was held in Los Angeles.
Furthermore in Kazakhstan there are a great variety of ethnic groups, who play various musical instruments and dombra is not an exception. A fairly famous group “Ulytau” demonstrated their brilliant skills.
This national instruments, electric guitar and drums are incompatible? Look and listen to Kazakh folk rock band “Tigrahaud”. This band plays both kyuis (traditional musical composition) and rock!
People in Kazakhstan love and value traditions which includes music as well. Our modern performers do not forget about such instrument as dombra and it blends seamlessly with other musical instruments and even rock music!
We hope you enjoyed reading our post and listening to our playlist. Please, write in the comments about ethnic musical instruments of your country. Or maybe you play one? Feel free to leave the links to YouTube videos with ethnic music and instrument of your culture!