By Laman Ismayilova
First Deputy Culture Minister Elnur Aliyev has met world-famous
mugham singer, UNESCO Prize winner, People's Artist Alim Qasimov,
Azernews reports, citing the Culture Ministry.
The meeting was organized ahead of Alim Qasimov's 65th birthday.
Elnur Aliyev congratulated the singer on behalf of Culture Minister
Anar Karimov and wished him further success. During the meeting,
the sides discussed the mugham singer's upcoming projects and
Alim Qasimov discovered the world of mugham as a child when he
began singing for his own enjoyment. He grew up in the town of
Shamakhi, 100 km northwest of Baku. 'I had no idea that I would
become a singer,' he remembers.
His powerful voice represents a move away from the traditional
style of mugham. Qasimov recorded about nine albums, three of which
are mugham albums with his daughter, Fargana.
The recipient of the international IMC/UNESCO Music Prize in
1999, Qasimov was called 'one of the 20th century's greatest
singers' by Folk Roots, who praised him for his 'pure vocal
Qasimov has collaborated and performed with some of the world's
leading musicians, including Yo-Yo Ma, Kronos Quartet, and Jeff
The musician gives concerts in the world's most prestigious
concert halls. The magical voice won over audiences in Central
Asia, the USA, Europe, and Japan.
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