HU now has something in common with Celine Dion and Herbie Hancock. They share the title of “Artist For Peace” as designated by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).
The Mongolian folk-rock act was honored today, Nov. 25, at a special ceremony in Paris at UNESCO headquarters. Notably, The HU is the first rock or metal act to receive the prestigious accolade.
UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay visited the troupe in their native Mongolia in August and noted the band’s “contribution to protecting intangible cultural heritage and their support for the promotion of cultural diversity through music,” according to a press release. “These are qualities that echo UNESCO’s values and work.”
Of course, the act is known for combining rock and metal styles with traditional Mongolian folk sounds such as the Khöömei (throat singing), the tsuur flute and the Morin Khuur (horse head fiddle) to create a truly unique style of music.
Band leader Gala said of the honor: “Mongols have the utmost respect for our history, culture and the language that was left to us thousands of years ago from our elders and ancestors. … HU’s aim and purpose is first and foremost to perform a unique genre of music that gives strength and power with every listen.Secondly, it is to show the world Mongolia’s nomadic and eco-conscious livelihood passed down from previous generations and to inspire others to live minimalist lives and enjoy life to the fullest.”
The band shared some backstage moments from the ceremony and submitted about the special moment on Facebook, sharing: “Thank you so much to our amazing fans – the HU family for this incredible day! Your recognition and support helped us bring Hunnu Rock to the world stage. We will continue to bring extraordinary music and show our gratitude through our talent. You are truly amazing people!”
As an “Artist for Peace”, HU will help raise awareness of UNESCO’s platform and promote its values and goals at upcoming events, all in the name of creating positive change, just as the band does through their music. (“HU” is the root word for human in the Mongolian language.)
Their latest honors follow previous distinguished titles, including being named Mongolia’s Cultural Envoy in 2019 and in 2020 becoming the first group and 12Th overall recipient of the highest state award in Mongolia, the Order of Genghis Khan.
It has been a big year for HU. In addition to debuting at Coachellathe act had a main track across North America and supported Five Finger Death Punch and Megadeth on other dates. As well as their second album Rumble of Thunder with explosive track “This is Mongolian” was released in July; a deluxe version will arrive in summer 2023.
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