CGTN published this video item, entitled “How to master improvisation? Learn from a Kazakh sing-off veteran” – below is their description.
Aken Aytes is a folk-art form popular among the Kazakh ethnic group. It features playing the dombra – the Kazakh symbolic musical instrument while improvising a song. The performer is also called an Aken, which means “poet” in Kazakh. Being an Aken is challenging, as the art is usually performed in a sing-off, where two or more Akens exchange lyrics. They must respond fast and outwit the opponent until they’re lost for words.
“Playing the dombra is not so hard. Improvisation is the key.” Jagalbek Baibahet, a veteran Aken Aytes performer who lives in Fuhai County, northwest China’s #Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, told CGTN in an interview. He also shares his experience in mastering the art.CGTN YouTube Channel
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