Genghis Blues
Rating: Year:1999
Cast: Paul Pena, Kongar-ōl Ondar Length:1h 28m
Director:Roko Belic Country: United States
Writers:Roko Belic Genre:Documentary
Synopsis: San Francisco bluesman and composer, Paul Peña makes a musical pilgrimage to the land of Tuva.
Rating:
Cast: Paul Pena, Kongar-ōl Ondar
Director:Roko Belic
Writers:Roko Belic
Year:1999
Length:3h 11m
Country: United States
Genre:Documentary
Synopsis: San Francisco bluesman and composer, Paul Peña makes a musical pilgrimage to the land of Tuva.

The documentary captures the story of blind blues musician Paul Pena. After a brush with fame and success in the 1970s, Pena's fortunes faded as he dealt with career and health problems.

While listening to shortwave radio, Pena heard a broadcast of throatsinging, the Tuvan art of manipulating overtones while singing to make higher frequencies more distinguishable, essentially making it possible to sing two notes at once. Pena, over the course of several years, taught himself to throatsing to a very impressive degree. He eventually attended a concert of throatsinging and after the concert impressed one of the throatsingers, Kongar-ol Ondar, who invited him to visit Tuva, a republic of the Russian Federation and a formerly independent country from 1921 and 1944 under the name of People's Republic of Tannu Tuva and the home of throatsinging, to sing in the triennial throatsinging festival held there.

The entire journey, as well as the extraordinary mix of cultures and music, is captured in the documentary.