I'd say that the track with the Tuvan Throat Singers is the most interesting. While tones of What Child is This? plays in the background the Alash Ensemble play their native instruments while displaying their throat singing. You immediately are taken far away from your usual sleigh ride, snowman, chesnuts on the fire images we're used to. The singers are from Tuva, formerly part of both Chinese and Mongolian empires and shares many cultures with the Mongolian people. It nows resides in the Russian Republic, in the south of Russia near the Mongolian border.
Performing their version of 12 Days of Christmas
However Bela and his Flecktones don't stop there. According to Entertainment Weekly's review of the album, "Heavyweight players who make an endearing fusion, the Flecktones have a fine time roaming all over the musical map... it’s hard to resist a band that draws on bluegrass, funk, world music, pop and jazz with such glee and blissful lack of pretension." I really enjoy this album for it's unique qualities that only Bela Fleck and his banjo can bring. So here he and his Flecktones are performing with the Alash Ensemble their song "What Child Is This/Dyngyldai". Enjoy.