By Laman Ismayilova
Upon the initiative of the Embassy of Hungary, with the support of the CBC Television, and Medeniyyet TV, the Embassies of Hungary, Moldova, Latvia, Uzbekistan, Ukraine and Kazakhstan united to participate in a musical project, expressed in the performance of the famous Azerbaijani folk song Sari Gelin.
During several days, the song was presented by Hungarian musicians Bori Magyar, Zoltán Mizsei and Laszlo Farkas Keönch, National Artist of the Republic of Moldova Constantin Moscovici, Latvian chello trio Melo-M, Honory Artist of the Republic of Uzbekistan Yulduz Turdiyeva, Ukrainian pianist, composer and producer Ivan Lopuhov as well as Bibigul Isinbayeva and Sabitov Miras from Kazakhstan.
The implementing of the project represents solidarity with the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Azerbaijani citizens in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The composition was recorded taking into account social isolation. Each musician performed his part at home.
The song "Sari Gelin" (literally "Yellow" or "Golden-Haired" Bride) is written on the lyrical mugam "Shur" - the pearl of the Azerbaijani national musical art. The song`s chorus originates from the "Saranj" part of this mugam, while the rhythm coincides with the rhythms of Azerbaijani folk songs.
There are many legends about this song. Some people believe that it is dated back to the time of Shah Ismail I, better known as Shah Ismail Khatai, while others connect its origin with the Karabakh ashugs. They speak convincingly enough about the origin of the words of this song.
Laman Ismayilova is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Lam_Ismayilova
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