Mongolia is a nation located in Asia, and its people form a distinct ethnic group composed of several smaller tribes and clans. The Russian Republic of Tuva and parts of China (including Inner Mongolia) also include large minorities of Mongols.
Music is integral part of Mongolian culture. Communism in Mongolia lasted from 1924 and 1992; during this time, many aspects of indigenous culture were repressed throughout the country.
The Mongol minorities in China and Russia were similarly repressed, at least for certain periods of the 20th century.
In Mongolia, Communist control led to the forced cultural domination of the Khalkhas, who are the largest ethnic group in the country.
Traditional styles of music were modernized and standardized, sometimes adding European elements. Traditional long-songs are one of the greatest features of Mongolian music.