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U.S. Embassy hosts Uzbek performers for Daniel Pearl World Music Days

10/23/2012
Ofarin Dance Theater opens the concert with a traditional dance. (U.S. Embassy photo)

Ofarin Dance Theater opens the concert with a traditional dance. (U.S. Embassy photo)

Nasiba Abdullaeva performs with Ofarin Dance Theater. (U.S. Embassy photo)

Nasiba Abdullaeva performs with Ofarin Dance Theater. (U.S. Embassy photo)

The U.S. Embassy observed the 11th annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days with a concert featuring singer Nasiba Abdullaeva and OFARIN Dance Theatre on October 5. U.S. Ambassador George Krol opened the concert with remarks in both English and Uzbek, welcoming the crowd and thanking and introducing the performers.

Embracing the message of the Daniel Pearl World Music Days concept, Ambassador Krol told the crowd: “Your presence here is a testament to the fact that music has the power to increase communication and connections between people of different cultures. This year marks a significant milestone for Uzbekistan and the United States as we are celebrating 20 years of diplomatic relations.”

This was U.S. Embassy Tashkent’s third year participating in World Music Days. Last year, a crowd of 900 enjoyed a rousing performance by the legendary Uzbek group Yalla. This year’s concert grew even more popular with over 1,000 people in attendance. The audience was comprised of people of all ages: grandparents, babies, and everyone in between. The singing and dancing crowd showed the performers how much their music moved them.

Performing on stage for more than 30 years, Nasiba Abdullaeva is an accomplished lyricist and composer who performs songs in many languages, including Uzbek, Farsi, Azeri, Turkish, and Russian. For the first time on stage she performed an Andy Williams song in English, dedicating the song to Daniel Pearl World Music Days and the message of peace. Abdullaeva has taken the stage in concert tours and festivals around the world, using her music to bring people together despite differences.

Ofarin Dance Theater joined her on stage throughout the evening, performing an “Ofarin” style which blends traditional Uzbek dance with modern and folk dances from around the globe. While on stage with Abdullaeva, the Ofarin performed a traditional Khoresm dance that immediately had all 1,000 people on their feet dancing.

Ofarin has performed in many other international locales, including Indonesia, Korea, China, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Israel, and CIS countries. Expression through dance is this dance troupe’s way of promoting harmony through the universal language of music.

You can see the concert photo gallery by clicking here.