Aga Khan Music Initiative
Aga Khan Development Network

Tradition Bearers

The launch of the Tradition-Bearers Programme came at a critical moment for Central Asian music, when many traditional musicians had abandoned their careers as performers and teachers.
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The Aga Khan Music Initiative

Music and musicians have historically played a vital role in the cultures of Central Eurasia and the Middle East. Music traditionally has served not only as entertainment, but as a way to reinforce social and moral values.

Musicians have provided models of exemplary leadership, whether by bringing listeners closer to God, sustaining cultural memory through epic tales, or strengthening the bonds of community through festivity and celebration.

The Aga Khan Music Initiative (AKMI) was created by His Highness the Aga Khan in 2000 to support the efforts of Central Asian musicians and communities to sustain, further develop and transmit these important musical traditions. Find out more