Central Asian Series, Vol. 4: Bardic Divas

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
In conjunction with a 2007 North American tour by a selected troupe of Central Asian musicians, the Aga Khan Music Initiative and the Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage released a series of beautiful CD compilations intended (like the concerts) to introduce these traditions to people worldwide. Vol. 4 is Bardic Divas, a one-hour, 18-track collection of traditional Central Asian folk tunes, laments, love songs, humor, and nomadic poetics performed by some 15 virtuosic women of Kazakhstan and Qarakalpakstan, an autonomous republic within Uzbekistan. Many of these women have breached the constraints of patriarchy to master performance ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
In conjunction with a 2007 North American tour by a selected troupe of Central Asian musicians, the Aga Khan Music Initiative and the Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage released a series of beautiful CD compilations intended (like the concerts) to introduce these traditions to people worldwide. Vol. 4 is Bardic Divas, a one-hour, 18-track collection of traditional Central Asian folk tunes, laments, love songs, humor, and nomadic poetics performed by some 15 virtuosic women of Kazakhstan and Qarakalpakstan, an autonomous republic within Uzbekistan. Many of these women have breached the constraints of patriarchy to master performance techniques that had long been exclusively learned and sustained by men. The words "Bardic" and "Diva" denote visionary empowerment, majesty, wisdom, and a fully grounded intensity. All of these elements are strongly manifested throughout this superb compilation. Its full-color booklet contains lyrics, photographs, and informative texts. The CD is enhanced with a DVD featuring a 24-minute film, a map, and an interactive glossary.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2007
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074052327
  • Catalog Number: 40523
  • Sales rank: 129,656

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sen Yar Gedeli - Ziyada Sheripova (2:43)
  2. 2 Galmadi, Galmadi - Gozal Muminova (2:27)
  3. 3 Bastau (Introduction) - Ulzhan Baibussynova (2:07)
  4. 4 Taalailuu Eldin Bir Kyzy - Kenjekul Kubatova (2:23)
  5. 5 Aqsholpan - Aygul Ulkenbaeva (2:10)
  6. 6 Kotush - Ervena Orgaeva (2:36)
  7. 7 Shunidam - Sirojiddin Juraev (6:04)
  8. 8 Harman-Dali - Gozal Muminova (2:29)
  9. 9 Ören Zhyirik - Ulzhan Baibussynova (2:10)
  10. 10 Aq Qum - Ardak Issataeva (3:10)
  11. 11 Bulgun - Ervena Orgaeva (4:37)
  12. 12 Sarvinoz - Ziyada Sheripova (3:30)
  13. 13 Zhonyp Aldy - Ardak Issataeva (2:58)
  14. 14 Chabandyn Yry - Kenjekul Kubatova (2:34)
  15. 15 Talim - Ulzhan Baibussynova (2:59)
  16. 16 Dila Dushdü - Latife Cheshmeli (3:28)
  17. 17 Noleydi - Natiq Shirinov (8:18)
  18. 18 Zyzyl Gül - Kenjekul Kubatova (2:41)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Music of Central Asia and the Aga Khan Music Intiative
  2. 2 Bardic Divas: Women's Voices in Central Asia
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rafael Asgarov Balaban
Ulzhan Baibussynova Vocals, Dombura
Diulbar Bekturdieva Tambourine, Vocals, Garmon
Latife Cheshmeli Saz, Vocals
Kamaliddin Hamdamov Tambur
Rauf Islamov Kamanche
Ardak Issataeva Vocals, Dombura
Murad Jumaev Tambourine
Sirojiddin Juraev Dutar
Ali Asgar Mammadov Percussion
Komila Mattieva Vocals, Taragat
Gozal Muminova Tambourine, Dutar
Ervena Orgaeva Vocals, Dombura
Fargana Qasimova Vocals
Injegul Saburova Ghijak
Ziyada Sheripova Vocals, Dutar
Technical Credits
Traditional Composer
Fargana Qasimova Author
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