Monday, 9 May 2016

Qurbon o'lam - Four singers of the Shashmaqam of Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Here we present a MP3-CD from Uzbekistan with four singers of the Shashmaqam of Bukhara.
"Bukharian Jewish singer and Honored Artist of Uzbekistan Isoq (Isak) Katayev sings various traditional SHASHMAQOM songs in the Tajik (Central Asian Persian) language. These songs are known throughout the world of knowers of Shashmaqom music (or the folk music of Central Asia - Uzbeks, Tajiks, and Bukharian Jews). Katayev was quite popular in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and the USSR. He worked for many years on the State TV and Radio of the Uzbek SSR with many famous performers where he later was bestowed with the title Honored/Merited Artist of the Uzbek SSR (Uzbekistan). He was a great master of traditional Uzbek and Tajik Music and Shashmaqom. After immigrating to the United States in the 1990's he joined the Ensemble "Shashmaqom" (under the leadership of Fatima Kuinova, Honored Artist of Tajikistan) and later Ensemble "Maqom" (under the leadership of Ilyas Mallayev, Honored Artist of Uzbekistan) with whom he travelled and performed all over the world. Sadly, he passed away in 2006 and is buried at the Bukharian Jewish section of a Long Island, New York Jewish Cemetery. His memory will never be forgotten, may he rest in peace!"
Izro (Ezro) Malakov is another Jewish Shashmaqam singer who after a successful career emigrated to New York. "People's Hofiz (Singer) EZRO MALAKOV. Born in Shahrisabz, Uzbekistan, he is a singer of traditional Bukharian Jewish and Central Asian songs as well as the cantor at the Beth Gavriel Bukharian Synagogue in Forest Hills, NY, USA."
Both these singers were present on the CD: "The Ilyas Malayev Ensemble - At the Bazaar of Love - Timeless Central Asian Maqam Music", published 1997 in the US by Shanachie and unfortunately for many years no longer available. 
The other two singers, Karim Mo'minov and Siroj Aminov, are a generation older than the first two and don't seem to belong to the Jewish community. They were members of the ensemble which under the direction of Yunus Rajabi recorded the legendary complete Shashmaqam, published in the first half of the 1960s . See our post of this box of 16 LPs here
The MP3-CD contains four folders, one for each of the four singers. They can be downloaded separately.

Many thanks again to our dear friend Danny who brought this CD from a trip to Uzbekistan.


Anonymous said...

Thank you.
I cannot recall if you have linked to the following in your descriotions.
There are many mp3s from a DVD put out by the Tashknent UNESCO office here:
Also recordings of Berta Davidova, Halimov, videos, etc. if you explore the site:

Tawfiq said...

Thank you. The Unesco Shashmaqam MP3 DVD is the same Shashmaqam I posted here in April 2012. Though the version on the Unseco DVD is more complete (I don't know what the reasons for this are. The additional recordings seem to be from the same recording sessions.)
Here the tracks on the Unesco DVD which are not on the 16 LPs I posted:
Buzruk Maqomi: track 11 (I'm not sure about this one) and tracks 17 to 30.
Rost Maqomi: tracks 45 to 53.
Iroq Maqomi: tracks 149 to 154.
You see there are quite a number of tracks, in effect three whole parts (in total about 164 additional minutes) which are not on the 16 LPs I posted.

The Halimov recordings on the Classic Music of Uzbekistan website are a very welcome addition to his wonderful CD on Ocora.

Tawfiq said...

An addition:
The Berta Davidova recordings on that website are all contained in the MP3 CD we posted here last August.

Tawfiq said...

In incorporated this information now into our post of the Shashmaqam.

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot!

Music India said...

very nice .. thanks

David Wyatt said...

thanks for the pointer to - it's a long while since I looked there. Another 3 hours of the Shashmaqom, OMG...!!