Kongar-ool Ondar

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Kongar-ool Ondar, or Kongar-ol Ondar (March 29, 1962 - July 25, 2013) was a Russian folk musician, best known as a throat-singer from Tuva, Russia.

Kongar-ool Ondar and Zappa

On 8 January 1993 he attended a soirée at Zappa's home, in the presence of another Tuvan throat-singing group, Huun-Huur-Tu. This performance was filmed by a BBC camera crew making the documentary BBC Television Tribute (later rebroadcast in the U.S. as the A&E Biography).

Kongar-ool Ondar is believed by some Zappa fans to be an uncredited singer on the track Dio Fa from his album Civilization Phaze III (1993). Zappa later produced Huun-Huur-Tu's album Dance Me This (2015), on which Kongar-ool Ondar performed again.

In 2013 Ondar died during a brain surgery operation.

Kongar-Ool Ondar is also mentioned and thanked in the liner notes of The MOFO Project/Object (2006) album. [1]


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