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Music of Central Asia vol.9: In the Footsteps of Babur: Musical Encounters from the Lands of the MughalsMusic of Central Asia vol.9: In the Footsteps of Babur: Musical Encounters from the Lands of the Mughals
27 MB - 4 mins 06 secs
"In the month of Ramadan of the year 899 [June 1494] and in the twelfth year of my age, I became ruler in the country of Ferghana." Thus begins the remarkable autobiography of Zahiruddin Muhammad Babur, the precocious Central Asian nobleman whose journey of conquest through Afghanistan and Hindustan – the northern part of the Indian subcontinent – laid the foundation of the Mughal Empire.

Music of Central Asia vol. 8: Rainbow, The Kronos Quartet with Alim & Fargana Qasimov and Homayun SakhiMusic of Central Asia vol. 8: Rainbow, The Kronos Quartet with Alim & Fargana Qasimov and Homayun Sakhi
47 MB - 7 mins 13 secs
Rainbow emerged from an ambitious process of collaborative creativity that reached across continents and cultures, and across musical categories and conventions.

Music of Central Asia vol. 7: In the Shrine of the Heart: Popular Classics from Bukhara and BeyondMusic of Central Asia vol. 7: In the Shrine of the Heart: Popular Classics from Bukhara and Beyond
35 MB - 5 mins 31 secs
The songs Nodira described with such ardor comprise an extensive repertoire of popular classic music created by generations of talented singer-songwriters. These songs, recorded in intimate performances by some of Uzbekistan’s and Tajikistan’s finest singers, are the focus of the present compilation.

Music of Central Asia vol. 6: Alim and Fargana Qasimov: Spiritual Music of Azerbaijan (Alim and Fargana Qasimov)Music of Central Asia vol. 6: Alim and Fargana Qasimov: Spiritual Music of Azerbaijan (Alim and Fargana Qasimov)
36 MB - 5 mins 50 secs
"To be a musician, there has to be a fire burning in you," declares Alim Qasimov, Azerbaijan’s most beloved traditional singer. In these deeply spiritual recordings of Azeri classical mugham and lyrical bardic songs, Alim merges his own consummate musicianship with that of his talented daughter Fargana, and with the energetic accompaniment of a young ensemble performing on tar, kamancha, balaban, oud, and drums.

Music of Central Asia vol. 5: The Badakhshan Ensemble: Song and Dance from the Pamir Mountains (The Badakhshan Ensemble)Music of Central Asia vol. 5: The Badakhshan Ensemble: Song and Dance from the Pamir Mountains (The Badakhshan Ensemble)
36 MB - 5 mins 46 secs
In the majestic Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan, poetically called the "Roof of the World", trance-like rhythms and piercing melodies propel these vivid performances of Badakhshani folk songs, dance music, and mystical religious poetry that can embody the spiritual power known as baraka.

Music of Central Asia vol. 3: Homayun Sakhi: The Art of the Afghan Rubâb (Homayun Sakhi)Music of Central Asia vol. 3: Homayun Sakhi: The Art of the Afghan Rubâb (Homayun Sakhi)
45MB - 6 mins 51 secs
From Kabul to California, Homayun Sakhi is admired as the outstanding Afghan rubâb player of his generation, a charismatic virtuoso who has pushed the limits of his instrument.

Music of Central Asia vol. 4: Bardic Divas: Women’s Voices in Central Asia (Various Artists)Music of Central Asia vol. 4: Bardic Divas: Women’s Voices in Central Asia (Various Artists)
35MB - 5 mins 32 secs
Sublime bel canto lyrical songs, the guttural recitative of nomadic oral poetry, lively humoresques, and poignant laments of unrequited love comprise this panoramic survey of contemporary women’s music from Central Asia performed by some of the region’s leading singers.

Music of Central Asia vol. 2: Invisible Face of the Beloved: Classical Music of the Tajiks and Uzbeks (Academy of Maqam)Music of Central Asia vol. 2: Invisible Face of the Beloved: Classical Music of the Tajiks and Uzbeks (Academy of Maqam)
40MB - 6 mins 29 secs
Amid the mosques and minarets of Samarkand and Bukhara, generations of vocalists set the mystical, Sufi-inspired verse of Hafiz and other classical poets to lyrical melodies, creating a spiritual art music of great refinement and sublime beauty called Shashmaqâm, confirming its important place among the great art music traditions of Eurasia.

Music of Central Asia Vol. 1: Tengir-Too: Mountain Music from Kyrgyzstan (Various Artists)Music of Central Asia Vol. 1: Tengir-Too: Mountain Music from Kyrgyzstan (Various Artists)
27MB - 1 min 26 secs
From the mountainous Kyrgyzstan, Jew's harps, fiddles, plucked stringed instruments, and powerful voices transmit the vibrant rhythms of nomadism and the serene atmosphere of the Kyrgyz mountains in a musical language as contemporary as it is ancient.

An Introduction to the Aga Khan Music InitiativeAn Introduction to the Aga Khan Music Initiative
47MB - 9 mins 31 secs
The Aga Khan Music Initiative promotes traditional music as part of a broader programme of development that encompasses the physical, social, cultural and economic revitalisation of communities in the Muslim world.

Aga Khan MuseumAga Khan Museum
87MB - 10mns 40secs
The Aga Khan Museum will house collections of approximately 1000 items of Islamic art collected by His Highness the Aga Khan and members of his family.

Let the Beauty we Love Be What We Do: A Profile of the Aga Khan Trust for CultureLet the Beauty we Love Be What We Do: A Profile of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture
154MB - 34mn 38secs
A film on the projects and activities of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC).

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