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In the early nineties, Goltchereh Sadikova was probably one of the best performers of the falak, the Tajik funeral chants that are based on verses of Persian poetry. Playing her tiny two-string lute, called the dutâr, she proves, with this recording, that she made the right decision to ignore the rules against women playing or even listening to traditional music. Following the growing recognition from her own community, she decided to become a professional singer after her husband died. She became rapidly and widely recognised as the repository of the richest repertoire of falak, of which she knew almost all the versions at the time of this recording by Sorour Kasmaï in 1991.
Original booklet available below in English and French.