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Steve Sklar: “People ask me how I got into khoomei, and I tell them that instead, khoomei got into me!”

Steve Sklar. Photo courtesy of khoomei.comIn July 2004 Tuva-Online information on the khoomei festival devoted to Gennadi Tumat said of the controversy which followed the festival program. Old khoomeizhis who took part in the Round table on the future of khoomei expressed their concern about the bold experiments with the traditional way of throat-singing and participation of foreign participants in the khoomei contests when jury very often out of hospitality gives awards to foreign throat-singers. Some of them proposed a separate nomination for foreigners competing with local throat-singers. This debate was followed on the tuva-online site by Arjopa (Germany), Sauli Heikille (Finland) and others. Here is a view by Steve Sklar (USA):

“Dear Khoomeizhis and khoomei lovers,

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