Yulduz Usmanova´s music is an exceptional fusion in the international pop music scene. The 32 year old graduate of the department for oriental music at the conservatory in Taschkent composes her songs on the basis of old folk songs, that are still being sung in the usbekian villages today. This traditional usbekian folklore, that possesses Turkish, Persian and Central Asian influences, is being mixed by her with western Rock, Pop and Dancestyles. "When I started, I thought this traditional music has to be preserved", explains Yulduz. "only that it needed an update."
The single compositions are being carried by traditional instruments such as the Tambour (Central Asian long neck lute) or a Doira (original usbekian percussion instrument) and modern electronic. The result is an interesting synthesis, where the single styles are not deluded, but used in its original form. In Central Asia, Yulduz has advanced to a superstar using these "EthnoCrossover"variation. In Europe, in music magazines and feature sections, she was highly praised for her first three albums "Alma Alma" (1993), "Jannona" (1995) and "Binafscha" (1996).
The album "Binafscha" (1996) unites temprament, rhythmic songs, melodious songs and also melancholic ballads. For the first time, the entire album was recorded at the Calren Studios in Freiburg, Germany; Zeus B. Held (Transvision Vamp, Nina Hagen,...) produced and mixed the CD in cooperation with popular DJ´s in the multicultural hit metropolis London. The first single, is the rhythmic title song "Binafscha" with additional remix versions.
There have also been changes in her texts: In the past, she often used phrases from the Koran or the Bible. She also borrowed from the works of classical poets. In the mean time, she uses texts from contemporary poets. "I want to dissociate myself from the classical poets, because it is easy to interpret meanings, that weren´t even meant. Now I want to concentrate on the contemporary poets, because their thoughts and feelings reflect more of what we know", explains the singer. "Onajon" (Mother), for example, is a text from Muhamad Yussuf, who already contributed lyrics to the last CD. The song describes the mother/son relationship. Very often, the songs can be interpreted on different levels and metaphors from Central Asian poets are used to express an incident. The title song "Binafscha" (Violet) doesn´t just stand for the blooming of this first spring flower in Usbekistan. "In a sense, the flower is like a young girl, that is slowly developing through her puberty into a woman."
The new compositions document further perfection in songwriting and in the arrangements from the usbekian artist and with her powerful, but at the same time, sensible voice, Yulduz is able to mediate the feelings and moods of the lyrics.
The Compilation "the selection album", with a length of 75 minutes, is an interesting retrospective of Yulduz Usmanova´s work so far. The CD also contains 3 unreleased titles as Bonustracks.