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The Saz and Mugham singer Alin Qasimov

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Saturday 16 February 2008

Lucy Duran ends her exploration of the music of Azerbaijan as she meets the country's most successful musician, the Mugham singer Alim Qasimov.

She also visits the extraordinary natural gas fires of Yanar Dag, and listens to traditional music in the contemporary context of a noisy wedding party.

Music and featured items

16 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Music Played

    • Image for Ali Mustafayev (on Saz)

      Ali Mustafayev (on Saz) Ruhani (trad)

  • Introducing the Saz

    Introducing the Saz, the stringed lute used by the Ashigs.

  • Mugham singer Alim Qasimov

    Mugham singer Alim Qasimov recorded at a concert at the Baku jazz Centre.

  • Music Played

  • A visit to Yanar Dag.

    A visit to Yanar Dag, a natural wonder - a town outside Baku which is constantly on fire.

  • Mirza Alakbar Sabir's House.

    A special session at the House of Mirza Alakbar Sabir, a celebrated Azeri poet.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Shirzad Fataliyev (on Balaban)

      Shirzad Fataliyev (on Balaban) Mirzayi (trad)

  • Yanzar Badalov sings folk songs.

    Yanzar Badalov sings folk songs from the Azeri mythology.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Yanzar Badalov

      Yanzar Badalov Pishrov (trad)

    • Image for Zulfiyya Ibadova & Gulara Azafly

      Zulfiyya Ibadova & Gulara Azafly Bash Muxammas (trad)

  • Female Ashigs.

    Lucy and Sanubar talk about female Ashigs.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Konul Xasiyeva

      Konul Xasiyeva : Mugham Sega (trad)

    • Image for Gochaq Askarov

      Gochaq Askarov Zabul Tasnif/Mugham Segah/Agh Gecha

  • A modern wedding in Baku.

    A modern wedding at “the House of Joy” wedding venue in Baku.

  • Oil business of Azerbaijan.

    Lucy talks about the oil business of Azerbaijan and the pollution disaster.

  • Oilfields of the outskirts of Baku

    Oilfields of the outskirts of Baku

  • Alim qasimov watches his daughter Fergana perform

    Alim qasimov watches his daughter Fergana perform

  • The burning hillside at Yanar Dag

    The burning hillside at Yanar Dag

  • Yanzar Badalov in ashig's hat stands by a statue of the Azeri poet Mirza Alakbar Sabir.

    Yanzar Badalov in ashig's hat stands by a statue of the Azeri poet Mirza Alakbar Sabir.

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