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The Reel Blues Fest
at Otis Air Force Base
Bourne, MA


   James Cotton
Jim Belushi

Photo credit: Barry M. Miller
The James Montgomery Band

Shirley Lewis

Photo credit: Cynthia (Cyd) Abatt

Danny Kortchmar

Johnny Hoy and The Bluefish



Roko Belic: Director / Producer / Cinematographer / Editor
Adrian Belic: Producer / Cinematographer

The award-winning documentary GENGHIS BLUES follows the journey of former Cape Cod blues/jazz singer Paul Pena on an amazing geographical and personal journey as he travels to the village of Tuva near the Mongolian border to learn a rare and wonderful way to sing and compete in a throat singing competition. This blind musician became one of the few outsiders to master the art of Tuvan Throat singing. “A more improbable and endearing yarn can't be imagined” (Kenneth Turan, L.A. Times). Winner of the 1999 Sundance Audience Award.

Paul Pena played blues with the greats T-Bone Walker, B.B. King, and Bonnie Raitt. In 1995, the blind bluesman became the first American ever to compete in an unusual contest of multi-harmonic "throatsinging" native to The Autonomous Republic of Tuva.

The Autonomous Republic of Tuva, wedged between Siberia and Mongolia, for centuries has been isolated from the rest of the world by jagged mountains and Soviet restrictions. Only recently have the Tuvan art form of throatsinging become known to outsiders.

Pena discovered Tuvan throatsinging on a shortwave program of Radio Moscow. For the next nine years he worked to produce similar overtones with his own voice and to incorporate throatsinging into his blues music.

Unexpectedly in 1993, Pena discovered that Tuvan throatsingers were on their first concert tour of the U.S. After their performance, the deep-voiced bluesman broke into his own self-taught style of throatsinging and serenaded the musicians with Tuvan traditional songs! The throatsingers were amazed by Pena's mastery of the Tuvan art form and likened his rich voice to the sounds of tremors in the earth. They insisted that "Chershemjer" (Earthquake) travel to Tuva for the next tri-ennial throatsinging contest which would be held in 1995.

Eleven years after he first heard throat singing, Paul Pena entered the National Theatre of Tuva to make history. The blind bluesman's performance was so well received, he became the 1995 throatsinging champion in the style of kargyraa. He also captured the "audience favorite" award for the week-long competition. The Tuvan people had never seen or heard anyone like him.

EVENT PHOTOS by BARRY MILLER, copyright 2001 The Reel Blues Fest, Inc.


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The Reel Blues Fest, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping musicians receive access to medical care and to supporting the work of independent filmmakers. Proceeds from events will be distributed to eligible 501 (C) (3) organizations pursuant to the guidelines established by The Reel Blues Fest, Inc.

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