Free musical expression; Popular Uzbek singer performs in Samarkand
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Popular Uzbek singer, Yulduz Usmonova, has been censored by authorities in her homeland for years… but not any longer. Usmonova is said to have received official permission to stage her first concert in Uzbekistan, since 2007. And that concert is being held today, March 6th, in the historical city of Samarkand.
The singers website says:
“Уважаемые поклонники и почитатели творчества Юлдуз Усмановой .Рады ,вам сообщить , что 6 марта 2012 года в г. Самарканд , в ресторане “Дилафруз ” пройдет концерт Народной артистки РУз Юлдуз Усмановой.”
“Dear fans and admirers Yulduz Usmanova. Glad to inform you that the March 6, 2012 in the city of Samarkand, in the restaurant “Dilafruz” will be a concert of the People’s Artist of the RU Yulduz Usmanova.” (Google Translation)
In regards to her performance in Uzbekistan, the Facebook page titled “yıldız usmanova” – which has almost 45,400 “Likes” – shares the same information as above about Usmonova’s March 6th performance.
Before this star’s turn of musical events, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) says the singer:
“…formerly a frequent sight on government-run media, has essentially been banned from performing over alleged antigovernment remarks.”
As a result, RFE/RL continues to explain why the musical sensation withdrew from the public scene:
“The 48-year-old singer disappeared from state television some five years ago following several interviews with Western media and amid rumors that she had fallen out of favor with Gulnara Karimova, the influential daughter of longstanding President Islam Karimov.”
After her fallout with Uzbek authorities, “Usmonova emigrated to Turkey citing dissatisfaction with political involvement, the problems with the control of state in Uzbekistan over where a singer is allowed to sing.”
Even though singer Yulduz Usmonova left her homeland and has been ‘banned’ from performing in Uzbekistan for quite some years now, she was kindly welcomed and allowed to perform at the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent in October 2010, at the 9th annual Daniel Pearl Music Day concert. Check out the exclusive photos neweurasia took of her show!
Despite being absent from the live performing music scene in Uzbekistan, for the most part – aside from her U.S. Embassy performance and maybe some other similar ones too, the singer continued to make a wonderful, famous and inspiring career for herself. And despite being absent from Uzbek state media, singer Usmonova has found face in the international media and also in social media. In addition to her personal website, there is a Facebook page made in Usmonova’s name. The page has almost 5,500 “Likes” and shares an abundance of the singer’s videos, including many that are uploaded – and viewed by thousands – to YouTube. The musical sensation is also on MySpace… and I’m sure it doesn’t stop there!
Usmonova is said to have studied music at the pedagogical institute in Margilan. Usmonova became famous in Uzbekistan and throughout Central Asia after the fall of the Soviet Union and Independence for Uzbekistan, in 1991. Her various songs have been recorded in various languages, in addition to her native Uzbek; Uyghur, Turkish, Russian, Persian, Tajik, Arab, Kazakh and Tatar.
neweurasia wishes respected Uzbek singer Yulduz Usmonova and her fans warm wishes and joyous celebrations for today’s upcoming performance in the respected Uzbek city of Samarkand!