Live Video: Arga Bileg

Live Video, Wo' Pop
Susan Hood
photo from Darek's phone

Arga Bileg swings. And we're incredibly grateful the Mongolian band made time to swing by KEXP recently to record a session with Wo'Pop's Darek Mazzone. Currently on their second tour of the U.S., Arga Bileg fuses traditional Mongolian instruments such as the horsehead fiddle — made of bamboo and horse tail — with Western compositions. The layers of sounds, ancient and modern, played by nationally-recognized musicians make for emotive, beautiful music. And it's a band that is as much fun to watch as it is to listen to. "How do you say cool cats in Mongolian?" posits Wo'Pop host Darek Mazzone. There may be no direct translation, but we'd like to offer up Arga Bileg.

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