I am in the small museum at Bashkir State University, trying to play the traditional Bashkir instrument called a Kurai (cure-aye). Its played with the mouth open, so it is impossible (for me) to get any air going through it. These guys are smiling, but they are still playing, which defies all logic! Радмир (Rad-me-are) and ирондик (E-ron-dik) could play a number of traditional songs, which were quite beautiful. Even though everyone in this picture is laughing, two out of three of us were still playing music. I couldn’t even get a squeak out of the thing. Everyone in this photo is laughing at me, including me.
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