Popular Classics from Bukhara and Beyond

Music of Central Asia Vol. 7 - In the Shrine of the Heart: Popular Classics from Bukhara and Beyond
Various Artists

Music of Central Asia Vol. 7: In the Shrine of the Heart: Popular Classics from Bukhara and Beyond (Smithsonian Folkways SFW40526, 2010)

The seventh volume of the Music of Central Asia collection presents some of the essential artists from the Bukhara area of Uzbekistan. In the Shrine of the Heart: Popular Classics from Bukhara and Beyond features lyrical ballads, devotional songs, and instrumental pieces.

The artists featured include:

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  • strong>Farhod Davletov on vocal and tar (double-chested plucked lute), accompanied by Shuhrat Razzaqov on dutar (two-stringed long necked fretted lute), Habibulla Kurambaev on doyra (frame drum with jingles) and Murod Norkuziev on ghijak (round-bodied spike fiddle);
  • Nodira Pirmatova on vocal and dutar (two-stringed long necked fretted lute), accompanied by Mirghiyos Mukhitdinov on doyra, Nabidjan Kadirov on violin, Mansurbek Vaisov on Kashgar rubab (a plucked, long-necked lute);
  • Mahmudjon Tojibaev on vocal and tar;
  • Nasiba Omonboeva on vocal;
  • Sirojiddin Juraev on dutar;
  • Dilbarjan Bekturdyeva on vocal and saz (accordion).

The musicians on Popular Classics from Bukhara and Beyond perform music rooted in the urban song traditions of Uzbek cities, such as Bukhara, Samarkand, Tashkent, Qoqand, and Khiva.

Globalization of course acts on tradition,” said Mahmudjon Tojibaev in a wide-ranging discussion that followed the recording session for In the Shrine of the Heart. “But a lot of young people are studying at the conservatory [in Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan] in the traditional singing department. In Communist times, you could count on your fingers the number of people who studied traditional music. Now there’s a large contingent, and among them are some fine musicians. If they continue to find inspiration, I firmly believe that our traditions will not die.”

The beautifully packaged set includes a bonus DVD with the series introduction, a 27-minute film, and a 48-page Booklet.

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