The legendary band Yat-Kha, led by its founder Albert Kuvezin (also co-founder of the famous Tuvan band Huun Huur Tu) comes from The Republic of Tuva, in Siberia, The Russian Federation.
The music of Yat-Kha is an organic mix of rock and musical traditions of Siberian and Central Asian peoples. Critics have called it ethno-rock, root-rock and even ethno-punk… For almost 20 years the band have made several Worldwide, European, Russian and Siberian tours, participated in hundreds of festivals around the world such as WOMAD, WOMEX, Glastonbury, Reading, Roskilde, Sfinks, Chicago World Music Fest, Ottawa Blues Fest, Quebec Summer Fest, Meltdown, Riddu Riddu, and others.
Yat-Kha has collaborated with artists such as: The Chieftains, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Trans Global Underground, Asian Dub Foundation, Väärtinää, Wimme, Susheela Raman, Gojira, Alisa, Garik Sukachev and others.
The lastest album Poets and Lighthouses topped the World Music Charts Europe in January 2011.
The core of Yat-Kha consists of:
Albert Kuvezin – vocal, guitars
Evgeniey Tkachov aka “Rasputin” – drums
Sholban Mongush – vocal, igil
Guest musician Alexei Salchak – bass and flute
2007 – Award “Legend of Siberian ethno-music”.
2002 – BBC Radio 3 World Music Award.
1999 – Music Critics Award in Germany.
1996 – Grand Jury Prize of Radio France International “Rock-Pop in the East” Contest.
1990 – Special Prize of Brian Eno at “Voice of Asia” Song Contest in Almaty, Kazakhastan.