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Nargiz Zakirova has repeated the triumph of Sevara Nazarkhan

Written by on Wednesday, 2 October 2013
Culture and History, Uzbekistan
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Nargiz Zakirova, American singer of Uzbek origin, became the first sensation of the second season of Russian TV show “The Voice”.

“The Voice” is very popular in the CIS. People can see it at Saturday evening on the “Channel One”, and after each series folks in Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and other former Soviet countries discussing singers at the kitchens.

NewEurasia already wrote about the famous Uzbek singer Sevara Nazarkhan, who was the big sensation of the first season. Her performance on the show has stirred up  unprecedented wave of pride and patriotism in Uzbekistan.

Last week, the Russians again were forced to admit that “The Voice” is likely to be subdued by Uzbeks again. Brilliant performance of Nargiz Zakirova with the song of Scorpions «I’m still Loving You» was warmly welcomed by the jury and the audience. Be sure to watch the video – her voice a truly outstanding.

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Nargiz Zakirova at “The Voice” show

Nargiz Zakirova is niece of probably the most famous singer of Uzbekistan – Farrukh Zakirov, the leader of the band “Yalla”.  Despite this, she has not a lot of common with Uzbekistan now. In the early 90s she emigrated to the United States, and settled on the East Coast, where she has joined music business.

Before leaving for the United States, Uzbek media often called her “Uzbek Madonna” for her provocative image. As she told in an interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda, in these old times some part of Uzbek society has condemned her for such behavior.

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Nargiz Zakirova. Photo from official web-page

However, Uzbek people have mixed feelings now . The situation with Sevara Nazarkhan was simple – she is Uzbek, who adhering to national traditions. But Nargiz is the brutal tattooed punk, so everything is ambiguous. Society admires her success and talent, but at the same time is lost in the evaluation of her personality.

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Nargiz Zakirova. Photo from official web-page

People leave such comments under the story about Nargiz Zakirova on Olam.uz (the most popular news site in Uzbekistan):

DEMOKRATIC@OLAM.UZ

Nice hair for the Muslim girl.

ANONYMOUS

She’s not a Muslim, i think she is an Atheistic.

T.KOMILOV@PLEX.UZ

Her image is American, it’s clear, and it’s bad impression for our youth. She must continue to sing only in USA.

We can state a fact: the Russians are faced with the fact that the Uzbeks settled down on the stage, displacing local talents. And also indicate an interesting trend – the performers are increasingly choosing Russian pop world. For example, in the same interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda Nargiz Zakirova said, that she preferred show “The Voice”, not the American “X Factor”, despite the fact that she already received a “golden ticket” to “X Factor”.

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Nargiz Zakirova. Photo from official web-page

Perhaps this is due to the fact that the CIS show business market is full of crazy money of billionaires and gangsters, who do not skimp on the singers. Working here is profitable, and even Jennifer Lopez does not hesitate to sing at the birthday party of the president of Turkmenistan.

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4 Comments »

  • Jacob says:

    Extraordinary singer with exceptional skill. Her presentation is always sincere, no matter what kind of song she represents. Pleasure to watch and listen.
    Beautiful women and great performer. Would love to go on her solo
    concert. Should win Russian Voice competition.

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  • Inna Shisman says:

    Dearest Nargis!!!
    We had such a great pleasure to watch you in Russian Voice!!!
    You took our breath away, you wonderful, unbelievably talented, simply the best and the greatest performer.Your 2nd place in the Grande Finale is like a Miss Voice of the Universe-you couldn’t be Nu.1 in Russia-just having a different image, but you became a Queen of peoples hearts (who cares of your tattoos when you sing!!!).You are a beautiful woman with an incredable voice, soul, energy and a million $ smile.
    We wish you best of luck, health, happiness,joy,every success,satisfaction in what you do,pride of your self.
    Wishing you and your family a happy and a sunny 2014!!!

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  • Marjorie says:

    WOW!! I saw you on YouTube and I want to say I love you. I see your spirit. Powerful woman.
    From Holland with love :-)

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