Suvda Khereid

Mongolian singer Suvda Khereid performs a number of long songs (urtyn duu) from Inner Mongolia, China. Longs songs are “long,” not only because of their duration, but also because each syllable of the poetic and philosophical lyrics is stretched out along a winding melody. Having grown up in Shilingol, a small town on the steppes of Inner Asia, she is now a health worker in Brooklyn, where she strives to bring more visibility to Mongolian nomadic culture. In this spirit, Suvda chose to perform among the rocks and trees of Central Park to suggest the connections between herders and nature through song. Cell phone videos taken by her older sister Odongoo back home intersperse the pre-recorded performances.

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