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The Saz and Mugham singer Alin Qasimov

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.

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Sat 4 Apr 2009 15:00

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  • Music Played

    • Ali Mustafayev (on Saz)

      Ruhani (trad)

  • Introducing the Saz

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

    Duration: 02:18

  • Mugham singer Alim Qasimov

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

    Duration: 12:22

  • Music Played

    • Alim Qasimov

      : Ay qiz Leyla (trad)

    • Alim Qasimov

      : Bayati Shiraz (trad)

  • A visit to Yanar Dag.

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

    Duration: 01:52

  • Mirza Alakbar Sabir's House.

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

    Duration: 04:15

  • Music Played

    • Shirzad Fataliyev (on Balaban)

      Mirzayi (trad)

  • Yanzar Badalov sings folk songs.

    Yanzar Badalov sings folk songs from the Azeri mythology.

    Duration: 08:53

  • Music Played

    • Yanzar Badalov

      Pishrov (trad)

    • Zulfiyya Ibadova & Gulara Azafly

      Bash Muxammas (trad)

  • Female Ashigs.

    Lucy and Sanubar talk about female Ashigs.

    Duration: 12:43

  • Music Played

    • Konul Xasiyeva

      : Mugham Sega (trad)

    • 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.

    Duration: 04:34

  • Oil business of Azerbaijan.

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

    Duration: 11:58

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