Sevara Nazarkhan is an Uzbek singer/ songwriter who possesses a repertoire of beautiful original songs and a voice that is nothing if not spellbinding.

Sevara Nazarkhan is an Uzbek singer/ songwriter who possesses a repertoire of beautiful original songs and a voice that is nothing if not spellbinding. Her music evokes the timeless vistas of the Silk Road and, like the Silk Road, her music bears the traces of cultures from North Africa, Central Asia, and India. Nazarkhan comes from what is essentially an ancient soloist tradition—a young woman, her songs and her doutar (two-stringed lute, plucked, not strummed). For this recording, however, Nazarkhan was joined by several very talented players, in particular multi-instrumentalist Toir Kuziyev. Her music, inspired by traditional and Sufi songs, was tweaked in the studio with just enough electronic elements to expand the sonic palette without compromising the uncluttered grace of her sound. Without question, this is one of the most artistically real world-music titles of 2003. Racked by Narada World.—PVV

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