your blog is very inspiring and the tapes you post are always mindblowing! no way i could hear that music anywhere, if you wouldn't post it here. so please keep up the work, i respect it very much.
Hi Tawfiq. I loved these 3 Uzbek cassettes so much I spent days trying to find a source on the internet for these & more. Success! The people at meloman.kz were tremendously helpful, and I now have a MP3-CD containing all 3 cassettes and 8 more similar ones! Well worth a visit if you are interested in more of this kind of music.All the best - and keep posting such treasures please!!David
Hi David,thank you. What are the other 8 cassettes you got? I'm very interested. I looked up the Meloman site, but could not find many interesting Uzbek artists. Only Turgun Alimatov, a great instrumentalist, and Komiljon Otaniezov: he is from a different Maqom tradition, the one from Khorezm.Mahmudjon Tozhiboev might be interesting. I don't know him.Tavakkal Qodirov is quite nice, but he seams to be more a Khalq (Folk) singer than a classical one. He might be also from Khorezm,though he sings occasionally songs from the Ferghana Valley repertoire, but in a less traditional and deep style. You probably know, that there are some very good Uzbek artists available on CD, published mostly in France. They can be obtained for example from:firstname.lastname@example.orgBest
Sorry to have been away so long, Tawfiq! Busy with other music, and with catching up on those MP3-CDs! The one that contains the 3 cassettes you've posted is at http://www.meloman.kz/ru/shop/ware.php?id=556898 - - though like many of their other Uzbek CDs it is no longer available. id=556863 is a collection I enjoyed which is still available as is vol.2 (which I haven't got - id=556864). Most of the others available are just names to me though I too am tempted by Otaniezov. There are some nice Kazakh collections too - though that's a very different sort of music of course.Thanks again for introducing me to the art of Central Asia - I'm really enjoying exploring that enormous area musically!
PS - Tawfiq, drop me a line phaistos (at) spamarrest (dot) com & I'll share some of what i got with you!! Cheers, David
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