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Music of Central Asia vol. 7: In the Shrine of the Heart: Popular Classics from Bukhara and Beyond

"Our songs—they don’t grow old!" exclaimed Nodira Pirmatova, the affable young alto from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, whose haunting performance of "Galdir" (Fool of God) opens In the Shrine of the Heart. "They’re passed along from one generation to the next, and younger singers perform them as if they were new—with a different voice and fresh passion. When you listen to one of these classics, it’s always as if you’re hearing it for the first time."

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 is a co-production of the Aga Khan Music Initiative, a program of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, and the Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. The aim of the series is to present leading exponents of Central Asia's rich and diverse musical heritage to listeners outside the region.

Year of Recording: 2009