In East Turkistan, Rahimä found singing difficult and her creativity restricted. Having learnt initially from her parents, she began to sing seriously in competitions at university. ‘I remember once… I was very lucky that I was given the chance [to sing]… but I was not fortunate enough to sing my own song…” Now in the UK, Rahimä and the rest of the Ensemble perform the classical Mokam music of the region – listed by UNESCO as an ‘internationally-recognised intangible cultural heritage’. In addition to this, they also perform Uyghur rural folk tunes, particularly that of the Ili Valley.
Another member of the Ensemble, Nizamidin Sametov is from Kyrgyzstan Nizamidin brings to the Ensemble what he has learnt from senior Kyrgyzstan Uyghur musicians on daf frame drum‚ dutar and the long–necked tämbur lute. He now works with Rahimä and British artists Stephen Jones on ghijak and Rachel Harris on dutar to promote the Uyghur tradition. There are plans to experiment further: “We are planning to do more”, Rahimä says, “to work together, to create some more pieces, to combine the traditional and the current, maybe do some pop together…” The London Uyghur Ensemble has performed at a variety of locations, from community centres to the Southbank centre and abroad. The group play their songs to make the world aware of Uyghur identity and existence. They hope their music can be a voice that speaks about Uyghur culture and experience in the UK. “I feel very, very fortunate because I have my voice,’ says Rahimä, ‘I have my passion… so with it, at least, people can understand Uyghur”.
Resonance FM The Art of Listening :
18:00 - 19:0010 Sep 2008
London Resonance FM: London Diaspora Live
London Resonance FM radiosining ansambilimiz bilen otkuzgen sohbitini anglang
Description London: Diaspora Live! welcomes in the studio this week the London Uyghur Ensemble and percussionist Malo Sonko from Sabari. The London Uyghur Ensemble comprises a fine selection of expatriate musicians from the Uyghur heartlands of Xinjiang Autonomous Region in Western China and Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia, along with new-found British musical friends and others from the Uyghur diaspora now settled in London. The group was formed in 2004 and made their debut at the Refugee Council’s ‘Celebrating Sanctuary’ festival a year later. Born in Senegal, Malo is an accomplished percussionist who plays a mix of traditional West African music with specific sounds from Casamance (Senegal). He has worked extensively in both the UK and Senegal. Malo and the London Uyghur Ensemble will be talking to Esmé Patey-Ford about their evocative music, their influences and their lives and projects in the capital. Presented by Esmé Patey-Ford.
London Uyghur Naxsha - Usul Ömiki xelqara senet bayrimigha qatnashti
Muxbirimiz Erkin Tarim xewiri
RFA Photo / Erkin Tarim
London Uyghur Naxsha - Usul Ömiki 7 - Ayning 12 - kuni London padishahliq baghchisida otkuzulgen muhajirettiki milletler senet bayrimigha qatnashti. Her yili otkuzulidighan bu senet bayrimigha bu yil Makedoniye, Bosniye, Kuba we turkiye qatarliq 20 dolet we rayondin kelgen senet omiki qatnashqan bolup, uyghur senet omiki birinchi bolup sehnige chiqqan. London senet ishliri shirkiti, London sheherlik hokumiti we padishahliq baghchisi ortaqliship uyushturghan bu paaliyetning echilish murasimida uyghurlar we uyghurlarning bugunki weziyiti heqqide melumat berilgen. Biz bu paaliyet heqqide melumat elish uchun neq meydangha telefon qilip London uyghur naxsha - usul omikining mesuli Abduléziz Éysa ependi bilen telefon ziyariti elip barduq. Yuqiridiki awaz ulinishidin, muxbirimiz Erkin Tarimning bu heqtiki melumatining tepsilatini anglaysiler.
London uyghur naxsha - Usul ömiki xelqara senet bayrimigha qatnashti:
:لوندون ئۇيغۇر ناخشا - ئۇسۇل ئۆمىكى خەلقارا سەنەت بايرىمىغا قاتناشتى
Лондон уйғур нахша - Усул өмики хәлқара сәнәт байримиға қатнашти: