Folk music, instruments and traditions

Akyn --- A folk poet who uses improvisation while performing

Aytys --- A music and poetry competition among akyns

Dabyl and dauylpaz --- Kazakh traditional percussion instruments

Dombra --- A two stringed instrument, the most commonly played Kazakh folk instrument

Halyk an --- A folk song

Kobyz --- An ancient string instrument played with a bow, has two strings made with hair

Kuy (pl. kuyis) --- An instrumental play

Kyl-kobyz --- Another ancient string instrument played with a bow with two strings made with hair

Sals, syera and anshi --- Original folk singers

Saz syrnai and uskirik --- Small hollow clay instruments with 1, 2 or 3 oval holes made in the forms of birds or animals

Sherter --- A stringed instrument played by plucking, smaller than a dombra and with a stronger and more sonorous sound

Shankobyz --- A metallic instrument known in the West as a mouth harp

Sybyzgy --- A flute-like wind instrument

Tartys--- A competition of instrumentalists

Terme--- A talkative improvisational genre

Zhetygen --- A stringed instrument played by plucking, resembling a harp

Zhyrau --- A creator of epic poems

Zhyrshi --- A performer of epic poems

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