I Want Those Sunglasses, Too

by Joshua Foust on 1/29/2007

If you like listening to Turkic music, as I do, then this compilation of Uyghur music, Music Furthest from the Sea, put together by Fausto from the Shirley and Spinoza radio stream, is a must. Via the excellent Opposite End of China blog.

After listening to this a few times, I am floored by it. I guess this is true of all native Central Asian music, but it is amazing—you can hear the Arabic and Chinese and Turkic influences, in different little things. If you don’t want to commit to the 100-something megabyte download, here are two tracks. The first is by an all-girl pop trio called Shahrizoda (last seen here). Think Destiny’s Child, only Uyghur and like, totally sassy. The second is Abdurehim Heyitan, an amazing player of the dutar, basically a Uyghur version of the traditional Kazakh doombra. Really, there’s a ton of great stuff on there—if you have any interest in different kinds of folk and pop music, I highly suggest it.

Guzel Urtek.


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