Part of the Matheson Trust Sacred Audio Collection
According to Razia Sultanova, “Uzbek Sufi singer Munojat Yulchieva is not just a singer who follows on the traditions…, she is a great singer, the only one who managed to absorb the essence of Sufi singing style.”
When I sing it, I use what I call a Sufi voice. It’s like a prayer. Singing quietly can be much more powerful than singing loudly. When you are praying, you do not bother with other things. When I sing in this way, I concentrate on my inner state. I experience a kind of ecstasy and the music helps me in this. When I sing, I think of God.
Ey dilbari jononim / Hey, my Beauty
Ey dilbari jononim, ko‘p nozu itob etma,
Yuz jabru jafo birlan holimni xarob etma.
Mastona ko‘zing birla qoshing qilichin tortib,
Bir-birga imo aylab, qatlimga xitob etma.
Husning haqqi, ey jonon, qilma meni ko‘p shaydo,
Ag‘yor ila may ichib, bag‘rimni kabob etma.
Dod ila fig‘onimga bo‘lgaymu qiyo boqsang,
Zor ila, ayo dilbar, hajringda azob etma.
Qonimni to‘kar bo‘lsang, ey ko‘zlari jallodim,
Qo‘y holima bir soat, o‘ymoqqa shitob etma.
La’lingning zakotidin Miskinga karam ayla,
Kelganda eshigingga sen tarki javob etma.
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Recorded at the State Conservatory of Uzbekistan, Tashkent. Reproduced here with thanks to Mrs. Yulchiyeva.