Artist Profiles: Fargana Qasimova

Fargana Qasimova

Fargana Qasimova was born April 23, 1979 in Baku, Azerbaijan. She is the daughter of celebrated mugham (Azerbaijani classical music) singer, Alim Qasimov and has an exquisite vocal style. Her repertory includes mugham and lighter songs traditionally performed by ashiqs (minstrels) who often perform with a small ensemble. Fargana accompanies herself on daf (frame drum).

Fargana has performed with Classical masters of Azerbaijan and Tajikistan, Alim Qasimov Ensemble, Fargana Qasimova Ensemble, Kronos Quartet & Alim Qasimov Ensemble and Women’s voices from Central Eurasia.

Discography:

The Legendary Art of Mugham, with Alim Qasimov Ensemble (1997)
Love’s Deep Ocean, with Alim Qasimov (1999)
Central Asian Series, Vol. 6: Spiritual Music of Azerbaijan, with Alim Qasimov (2007)
Intimate dialogue – Live at Morgenland Festival Osnabrück, with Alim Qasimov (2009)
Yalnız ona doğru (2014)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.

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