Note: Nikolai Alekseev (b. 1924) from Ust'-Aldanskii ulus (district), Republic of Sakha. Only one strophe out of six or seven – male singer – 45 years old – no voice training. The song is old and very popular. From Ust'-Aldan ulus in Central Yakutia. Recorded in Moscow in 1957.
About the session: These Yakut songs were collected and given to Alan Lomax by Eduard Alexeev. They were originally recorded in Armenia, U.S.S.R., in 1962. Notes on tape: "Yakut sing only monody or unison in dance—never polyphonically—they sometimes sing with a two-tongued jaw's harp. The shamans have totally disappeared. The Yakut had a 3, 2, 1 stringed fiddle—not a traditional instrument— introduced by the Russian cultures—the one we saw was a yard long held against the belly."
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