Tajik music is closely related to Central Asian forms. The classical music is shashmaqam, which Uzbeks also developed classical music of Tajiks and made their own .Southern Tajikistan has a distinctive form of folk music called falak, which is played at celebrations for weddings, circumcisions and other occasions.

Tajik folk music is traditionally divided into three styles, Pamir (Mountain-Badakhshan province), Central Kuhistoni (Gissar, Kulyab, Garm provinces) and Sogdiana's northern style; the latter is part of the same musical culture as the adjacent regions of Uzbekistan (Kashkadarya Province and Surkhandarya Province). There are many kinds of songs, both lyrical and instrument, including work songs, ceremonial, funeral, wedding and musical epics, especially the central Tajik heroic legend Gurugli.

Garibi is the song of a stranger, an early 20th century innovation of poor farm laborers and other workers who had to leave their land.

Holiday music is a springtime holiday (also called Boychechak) which includes carolling celebratory songs accompanied by the dutar and doira.

Traditional Tajik wedding music is played by sozanda, professional musicians, mostly female, who are part of ensembles called the dasta.

Badakhshan is a region inhabited by Pamiri Ismailis, known for their sung spiritual poetry called madah. Lutes are a major part of Ismaili folk music.


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Nigina Amonkulova - Zi Dasti Ishqi Tu.mp3


 Nigina Amonqulova was born in Panjakent, a city in Western Tajikistan. In her childhood she wanted to be a doctor, but after she had successfully performed a song at a school-leaving party she chose the career of a singer. She took part in a music festival in Dushanbe and won the first prize.

Then Nigina moved to Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, and began to perform Tajik traditional folk songs. Soon she became famous throughout the country, mainly due to her non-pop style of singing. Many Tajik folk songs were revived by Nigina and reportedly they gained an even greater popularity in Tajikistan than they used to have. Nigina performs her songs with a soft voice, what feels like love of a very close person, like mother voice. Nigina wears bright Tajik national costumes, which resembles the authenticity of his performances .

"Charkhi Falak" by Nigina Amonqulova

 Traditional Kulobian Music and Dance

A singer and dancer from the Kulob region of Southwestern Tajikistan. "Kulobian dance"

Muboraksho -A popular Tajik folk singer. "Ayy Yorrum Biyo" means "Come to Me, Darling."


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