Autumn 2005 (13.3)
Sing-Along in Azeri
Children's Global Voices in Song
is the story about the first major performance with Sugra Baghirova
at the Decade of Azerbaijani Art in Moscow in 1958. Includes
words, music and sound sample. AI 5.4 (Winter 1997).
Music Abroad: University Choir Performs Azeri Folk Songs"
by Aida Huseinova. AI 10.1 (Spring 2002).
3. For music articles, search Aida Huseinova at AZER.com.
a chance to Sing-Along in Azeri on DVDs featuring two of Azerbaijan's
favorite songs. Global Voices in Song, produced in 2005, is a
series of 6 DVDs with 24 songs.
Left: Hamida Huseinova is the featured performer,
singing "Jujularim" and dancing so gracefully on DVD
Grade 3. This song by Gambar Huseynli (music) and lyrics by Tofig
Mutallibov (lyrics) has been a children's favorite for 50 years.
Hamida was accompanied by other members of the Children's Philharmonic
under the direction of Farah Shakinskaya.
The project is the creative
brainchild of Dr. Mary Goetz of Indiana University. The lessons
were produced for classroom instruction - specifically geared
for children in Grades 1-6 (ages 5 to 12).
Global Voices is the outcome of Goetz' 10-year quest to build
bridges of tolerance and understanding between her own classroom
and world cultures. Her travels to various countries, including
Azerbaijan, led her to conclude that learning songs and dances
from diverse cultures is a unique and powerful way to build bridges
of profound understanding and friendship.
Left: "Bari Bakh" on DVD Grade
5 is sung by the Bari Bakh Vocal Group led by Rauf Babayev. Vocalists
include Diana Hajiyeva, Melana Ismayilova, Ulviyya Rahimova,
Shola Safaraliyeva, Anar Yusufov, Farid Mailov, Elvin Majidov,
Rauf Azimov and Mail Mailov.
Fifteen countries are
presented in song: Azerbaijan, Brazil, Cyprus, Ghana, Holland,
India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, South
Africa, Philippines and Zimbabwe.
Materials for the Azerbaijani
samples were prepared by Aida Huseinova, Associate Professor
at Baku Music Academy, Ph.D. in Musicology.
The project was supported at Indiana University by the Inner
Asian and Uralic National Resource Center (which also offers
instruction in Azeri in summer session), and the Center for the
Study of Global Change and Office of International Programs of
Indiana University. Macmillan and McGraw Hill, among the largest
education publishers in the States has included this project
in their series Spotlight on Music.
Global Voices includes two songs in Azeri: Jujalarim (My Little
Chicks) and Bari Bakh. Jujalarim has been a children's favorite
for more than 50 years in Azerbaijan and the region. The catchy
melody was composed by Gambar Huseinli and the lyrics are by
Tofig Mutallibov. The Children's Philharmonic Choir performs
Jujalarim for Grade 3. Bari Bakh is performed by the Bari Bakh
Vocal Ensemble in Azerbaijan led by Rauf Babayev. Their performance
is featured for Grade 5.
Each DVD is designed with four sections: (1) View Song provides
a video with children in costume performing the songs. (2) Learn
Song offers several options to understand the meaning of the
song in English, pronounce the words correctly, learn the melody,
and sing-along with instrumental accompaniment, as is done with
Karaoke. The Azerbaijani traditional instruments - tar, kamancha,
daf and ganun - are featured.
Left: Mary Goetze (right), creator of DVD
Music Instructional Project with Azeri Musicologist Aida Huseinova
(left) in Kyghyzstan.
(3) Learn Dance shows the separate dance steps for boys and girls.
In Jujalarim, little Hamida Huseinova charms viewers with her
voice and graceful movement. (4) About Song provides information
about the performers, organizers and the songs.
Farah Shakinskaya was the driving force behind the performance
by the Children's Philharmonic for Jujalarim. Bari Bakh ensemble
shows videos of some of the rehearsals led by the distinguished
Azerbaijani musician Rauf Babayev.
To provide more context for the performances, Grade 3 shows the
map of Azerbaijan, views of the country with emphasis on Baku,
the capital. Grade 5 includes more information about music, arts
and the life of children. Short videos show children performing
mugham modal music or playing the tar, a stringed instrument.
Emphasis is placed on the unique synthesis of East and West traditions
in Azerbaijani music.
Visit: GLOBALVOICESINSONG.com where the DVDs may be purchased.
Each volume (4 songs) can be purchased for $49. Contact Dr. Aida
Huseinova in Baku: firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Mary Goetze in
the US: email@example.com.
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