Gulnora The Pop Star

by Nathan Hamm on 8/7/2006 · 40 comments carries a short article on Gulnora Karimova’s entry into pop music.

Uzbek entertainment channel TV-Markaz (colloquially known as MTV) launched a promotion campaign of a number by Gulnara Karimova – the president’s daughter. The flick in question concerns the famous Unutma Meni (Forget Me Never). As of late last week, the number is broadcast at the rate of several dozen runs per evening.

What are the odds she’ll end up playing the Independence Day concert?

Gulnora performs as “Googoosha,” which is apparently what her father called her when she was a little girl. suggests that the name choice may in fact be to make a connection between Gulnora and the Iranian Azeri performer Googoosh. has a short article with tons of comments regarding Googoosha’s new video, “Unutma Meni.” They also have an mp3 of one of her songs available for download.

As for the video of “Unutma Meni,” YouTube provides, so the whole world can see the flying luxury car the Princess of the Uzbeks has at her beck and call to fly her off to her tropical island getaway, where she relaxes under the ever-present aurora borealis.

Video in the extended entry.

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brejen August 7, 2006 at 5:34 pm

What the hell is wrong with her?

Nathan August 7, 2006 at 5:45 pm

That is but one of many questions that came to mind when I saw this…

Djana August 7, 2006 at 8:28 pm

How could she ruin such a beautiful song. I remember this song when I was a kid, and it was so beautiful. This Lyagoosha completely messed it up. No voice!

yomama August 7, 2006 at 8:59 pm

father`s little tramp !!!!!!!!!!!

albert August 8, 2006 at 1:00 am

Great! A real mature woman sings a perfect song. Wold be nice if she continues

Alexander August 8, 2006 at 1:26 am

Yuck. This video would be nasty enough without the background, but when you know that this is Islam Karimov’s little princess……for some reason the buildings in the background look more like Lahore than anywhere in Uzbekistan. Any reason why that should be?

Rustam August 8, 2006 at 2:39 am

Nathan – come on, she is not and has never been and never will be “Princess of the Uzbeks”. She is father’s little spoiled tramp as Yomama rightly said.
What I am always amazed of is the absence of the feeling called shame in her, I wonder did she think about how ordinary people, Uzbeks, will look at her, to her car and her ring and etc., does she ever think what will happen in 2-3 years time, where she will hide herself from all those powerful men and ordinary people lined up to tear her apart for what her daddy and what she personally has done?
Alexander – You are right, it does remind you of Lahore or Baghdad in 10th century. And all this after so many bullshit talk of her father of how one has to love his motherland and Uzbekistan is heaven on the earth. No sense of responsibility whatsoever.
The fact that the video is done amateurishly, tiny amount of work and imagination went into it, absence of the story in the video and the choice of the song it self again shows that it is the product of her spoiled ego, kind of – why all these Shoxruhs and the rest can do it while I can’t, do me a video and chose a song for me, I want it to be ready by tomorrow in the morning.

hugo_uz August 8, 2006 at 3:20 am

Notice that there is only one human being in the entire video? What does that say when either (a) nobody wants to be in the clip with her, or (b) Gulnora doesn’t want to share the clip with anyone else?

Nick August 8, 2006 at 6:07 am

The mind boggles. Perhaps there will be a duet between Gulnora and Darigha Nazarbayeva setting the seal on Kazakh-Uzbek relations.

Nathan August 8, 2006 at 6:43 am

Rustam, I use “Princess of the Uzbeks” unseriously, of course.

lety August 8, 2006 at 6:48 am

How can human being be so stupid? She messed the beautiful song of my childhood. I only can say that she is – DURA, it means FOOL!!! No voice at ALL!!! It is obvious that she is competing with Nazarbaeva(an other DURA!)

Djana August 8, 2006 at 9:55 am

I’ll have to agree with Rustam. She has no sense of shame. She is shameless.

Kris August 8, 2006 at 11:22 am

I wondered why was promoting this girl so hard… It doesn’t seem like a wise choice for Karimov, making his daughter someone who will likely perform in front of large crowds. Yeah, maybe she will sing the main “vatan” song at the Independence Day show and then just as quickly retire.

Katy August 8, 2006 at 1:02 pm

In American English, princess usually has a negative connotation.

Debbie August 8, 2006 at 1:20 pm

Is Gulnora Islam’s only child? his only daughter?

Nathan August 8, 2006 at 5:36 pm

Debbie, I think he has three daughters and that Gulnora is the oldest.

Djana August 8, 2006 at 5:58 pm

He has two daughters. Gulnora and Lola. He apparently has a son from a first marriage as well, but they are not in contact.

Peter N. August 8, 2006 at 6:35 pm

This reminds me of nothing more than those tacky, obviously computer-generated posters of waterfalls and tropical scenes you see everywhere in little Uzbek cafes…

Alex August 8, 2006 at 8:29 pm

Her sister told my friend that she sing this for her boyfriend who go from her to another woman in Russia.

Biggie August 8, 2006 at 9:05 pm

Where’d you guys get her songs? I wanna laugh about it too… ^_^

Kipchak August 8, 2006 at 9:29 pm

Elle est magnifique… Est-ce qu’ella a deja son fan club?? C’est definitif je deviens le membre….

Dina August 9, 2006 at 6:12 am

Gulnora and her blood sucker father Islom Karimov should be ashamed of this video. Uzbek people live in poverty and this whore acts and lives like a princess with all the stolen money that belongs to Uzbek people. Gulnora may have money now but she will never have class. Once her father is out of the picture his and her enimies will rip her apart just like Rustam said.

FNI August 11, 2006 at 1:33 pm

I prefer the old one – same song with Kumush Razzakova! But If it is relly for her love i think she is in an right position! Love will do the people mad!!!!!

akbarakhmadoglu August 13, 2006 at 12:44 pm

Whatever we should respect her that she found herself as a part of this nation. She is with uzbeks , she is trying to feel feelling that uzbeks felt. Come on guys , we are “kardashlar” anlamak lazim onunda . Stop mumbling, could you do like that. No ……….. If you were her you could not did it . So please look with soft eyes.
Personally, The song is very beauteful, i like it . She did it . RESPECT. Clip …….. CLASS. no BAZAR

turk August 15, 2006 at 6:39 am

akbarakhmadoglu, sus sen salak kocum. Ne diyon sen? Onun nasil bi kadin oldugunu bilmiyonmu? I heard that she had slept with all her bodies. Hehe. Jalab ham bunaqa qilmasa keray.

Tatiyana August 15, 2006 at 6:55 am

Gulnora en kata JALAB

turk August 15, 2006 at 4:04 pm

“boddies” telohranitelllar

Ruslan August 16, 2006 at 7:21 pm

The video would have been more entertaining if she did it out of a prison cell, specially the ones her dad uses for torture, rape and boiling people. She would have played the part well.
At least she could rehearse for that day, which is only few years away. Everyone in Uzbekistan is laughing at her name and her attempt to win sympathy from the population.

kate August 17, 2006 at 8:23 am

im 11 years old i want to be come a pop star i am a good singer as people say and at my pub in dover there is a show were i sing hey then i am the best to 500 peoplei know say i should become a pop star help me ring 01304 204043

Lena August 17, 2006 at 7:16 pm

She wanted little love from the uzbek people without realizing that she would look stupid. Forgive the poor little daddy’s girl. She will stop making a fool of herself and go back to working to improve Uzbekistan’s future. She has expressed this to her friends.

Brian August 17, 2006 at 8:38 pm

Re: Kate

Uh, what???

yomama August 19, 2006 at 8:41 pm

karimova be perfect as maria in west side story
only she shoots tony not chino.
and then she sings, zip guns in paradise
or or i lika to rumble in the cotton fields…

Elshan October 1, 2006 at 11:48 am

Ocen krasivo poyet. Jal cto mp3`ku ne nashel “Unutma meni”

Kstatu, GooGoosh bila takaya Iranskaya pevicha eshe.

Procvetanii tebe jelayu Googosha :0)

baha October 2, 2006 at 8:58 pm

She is fucking bitch and motherfucker, son of a bitchie bitch.and her other name is mama gulnora who sold already her honer and her body and everything to her devil , now selling our uzbek girl to the abroad…
All whore house in Uzbekistan belongs to her.she is singing while millions of poeple crying, she is celebrating.we are gonna sing and my poor and honarble people gonna sing. at the end.

erick October 10, 2006 at 4:16 am

hmmm…. nice girl, a little bit sexy.
i liked the music, but the words i didn’t understand.
but i heart that she is “bitch” number one in UZB.

Anora October 30, 2006 at 9:42 am

Such a tasteless, cheep and insecure HORE! Just a jerk! Actually, it is so funny to listen how music trying to catch her voice : )

Dmitrij October 30, 2006 at 6:07 pm

Gulnara, be happy dear! I’d like to married, but this is impossible I’m very poor! I have to married for poor girls like me!
So … sorry! 😉

jimmy_godfather November 22, 2006 at 1:45 am

so well well well here we go!!! you know people she is the bitch she wants to earn some respect but nobody respects her and her bum family as well ko’rmaganni ko’rgani qursin you fucking fagged….after sometime you gonna run and hide lady…..fuck you bitch

jimmy_godfather November 22, 2006 at 1:55 am

just look at you in mirrow you r fucking freak trust me bitch one day you gonna run and hide one day motherfucker just one day you gonna swip tashkent’s street you are an asshole

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