terça-feira, 9 de julho de 2013
Armed with a healthy respect for tradition and a penchant for sonic experimentation, the pint-sized diva from 21st Century Uzbekistan is doing things her way. Her first album 'Yol Bolsin' is meeting place between old and new and her new album, Sen, takes the Silk Road on a stunning detour.
The dichotomy between ancient and modern exists within Sevara's own oeuvre. In Tashkent, Uzbekistan's capital, she is a pop star. Her first group in 1998 was a soulful women's quartet. During this period, she also sang in the city's popular arts café, Taxi Blues. A year later, she released her debut album and established herself as a solo singer. Despite her choice of western musical forms, her roots are apparent.
Sevara's father, formerly a vocalist of European classical music, headed the traditional music department in Tashkent radio before his retirement. Her mother teaches traditional string instruments and is the director of an extracurricular music school. For a number of years Sevara studied voice at the Tashkent State Conservatoire, where folk music is a rigorously taught and transmitted musical art under the country's formidable singers and ethnomusicologists. It is not unusual for Sevara, a slight, striking woman with long, dark hair, to be stopped on the street by her fans who thank her for her music.
Today her critically acclaimed albums, winner of a BBC World Music award in 2004 and internationally touring have established Sevara not only as one of Asia's most timeless and talented singers but a emerging pop diva for the future. Watch and listen the videos: