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Spotlight Article

A Playlist for Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan America Alliance
September 15, 2014


In honor of Azerbaijani music day on November 12th, the Azerbaijan America Alliance has compiled a brief playlist highlighting Azerbaijani artists. Click on the artists name for a link to their songs!

Pop Music- Ell and Nikki

Ell and Nikki won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 with “Running Scared,” earning the privilege of hosting the contest in 2012 for Azerbaijan!


Mugham music- Alim Gasimov Group

Mugam music, traditional Azerbaijani folk music, became a UNESCO Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2003. Alim Gasimov is Azerbaijan’s most famous Mugham musician; he performed at the Azerbaijan America Alliance’s 2013 Cultural Gala


Jazz music- Aziza Mustafazadeh

Jazz is a very popular genre in Azerbaijan. Although Jazz in Azerbaijan comes in many styles, including traditional, post-pop, fusion, and free flexion, it is usually also blended with Azerbaijani Folk.


Classical music- Farhad Badalbeyli

The Baku Academy of Music was founded in 1920 to give classical musicians who use western instruments the same support as folk musicians. Farhad Badalbeyli has been teaching at the academy since 1971.


Hip Hop and Rap music- Dayirman

Dayirman arguable popularized hip hop and rap in Azerbaijan. His music often includes patriotic elements.


Rock- Coldünya

The English word Cold and Azerbaijani Dünya (World) come together to form the most popular Azerbaijani band of the 20th and 21st centuries. Their style is heavily influenced by early western rock of the 60’s and 70’s. 

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