Sevara Nazarkhan performing in England in 2006
|Birth name||Sevara Nazarkhon (Uzbek: Sevara Nazarxon)|
|Born||31 December 1978|
|Origin||Andijan, Uzbek SSR|
|Labels||Real World Records, Sevaramusic|
Sevara Nazarkhan (Uzbek: Sevara Nazarxon, Севара Назархон; Russian: Севара Назархан) is an Uzbek singer, songwriter, and musician. Her musical style incorporates Uzbek folk and contemporary music. Nazarkhan has achieved worldwide fame and has collaborated with high-profile international artists. In 2004, Nazarkhan received the BBC Radio 3 World Music Award in the category "Best Asian Artist".
Nazarkhan was born into a family of musicians in 1978 in Chiroqchi city, Uzbek SSR. Her father is a former editor at the State Radio Committee. Her mother taught how to play Uzbek traditional musical instruments at a music school. Nazarkhan started her career in music as a doutar player in the Ensemble of the National TV and Radio Committee. Upon graduation from secondary school, she attended the Uzbek National Conservatory.
Nazarkhan started her solo career in 2000. In 2003, she released her critically acclaimed album Yoʻl Boʻlsin on the UK label Real World Records. The album was produced by French producer Hector Zazou. Following the release, she extensively toured Europe and Asia with her band. She also was the support act in Peter Gabriel's Growing Up Tour 2004. The same year, she received the BBC Radio 3 World Music Award in the category "Best Asian Artist".
In 2004, Sevara recorded Goʻzal Dema – a collection of folk songs. It was a limited edition CD. In 2007, Real World Records releases her album Sen. Most of the music of that album was composed by Sevara. She brought two producers to work on this album – Bruno Ellingham and Victor Sologoub. In 2009, Sevara released a hit song titled "А Он Не Пришёл" in Russian, which became a major hit throughout the CIS countries.
Sevara's latest album, Tortadur – a collection of Uzbek traditional/classical songs – was released in the US on 11 October 2011, on her own record label, Sevaramusic. Sevara invited "the old school" instrumentalists for the live recording sessions. This album is not electronically treated.
Sevara Nazarkhan appears on the following tracks/albums:
- Peace Song (Halla Bassam/Sevara Nazarxon) From the Album "Lullabies From The Axis Of Evil";
- In Your Eyes (Peter Gabriel), Peter Gabriel – Growing Up Live (2003) DVD;
- My Secret Bliss (Iarla Duet With Sevara Nazarxon) – AfroCelt Sound System. From the Album Volume 5: Anatomic (2005);
- Everything Comes From You (feat. Richard Evans, Joji Hirota, Sevara Nazarxon, Sinéad O'Connor, Guo Yue) – From the Album "Big Blue Ball" by Peter Gabriel.
- Yoʻl Boʻlsin (Where are you Headed?) (2003)
- Goʻzal Dema (Don't Say I'm Beautiful) (2004)
- Sen (You) (2007)
- Tortadur (It Attracts) (2011)
- Maria Magdalena (2012)
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