Pop Singer...Today's Minister of Culture
Bulbuloghlu Returns to the Spotlight
Polad Bulbuloghlu (1945- ) was once as big as the Beatles
- at least in the former Soviet Union. While he never claimed
to be "bigger than God" as they did, he was very popular
and received invitations to perform across the Soviet Union and
in Prague, Havana, Turkey, Lisbon, Baghdad and Mexico. This was
a rare privilege during the Soviet period, since few people had
the chance to travel abroad.
Today, Polad has taken on a more political role in Azerbaijan,
serving as the country's Minister of Culture for the past decade.
While he has no plans to leave public office, Polad recently
embarked on a new venture - his musical comeback."
Left: Polad Bulbuloghlu, Azerbaijan's Minister
of Culture, was once one of the Soviet Union's most famous pop
of Polad's most famous songs is (Come,
Morning), first recorded in 1968. The song, which he composed
himself, is based on a poem by Fikrat Goja. [For other examples
of Goja's work, see AI 7.4, Winter 1999.] It was especially popular
in the late 1960s and early 1970s and helped launch Polad's career
as a pop star. When he decided to return to the recording studio
last year, a modernized update of this favorite was a logical
Four different versions of
appear on Polad's new CD. In the first track, Polad sings a remake
arranged by Paul Buckmaster, a British composer who writes for
pop singers like Elton John and David Bowie. Next is a Turkish
version of the song performed by Turkish singer Fatih Erkoch.
For the third selection, Polad sings the song as an Azeri-Turkish
duet with Turkish singer Shebnem Ferah. Polad's original 1968
recording rounds out the CD.
The music video for the song features picturesque camera shots
that pan over two classic Azerbaijani scenes: the Caspian Sea
and the ancient rock petroglyphs at Gobustan. A Turkish film
company gave the video its special effects and professional quality.
Polad's video is now often shown on morning shows on Azerbaijani
Polad is also known as the son of Bulbul (Murtuza Mammadov) (1897-1961),
one of Azerbaijan's most famous opera singers who was given the
nickname "Bulbul" from the Azeri word for "nightingale",
which is considered the sweetest of all bird songsters. In fact,
Polad got his start as a performer as a teenager while touring
with his father. Polad's next recording project, done with Siyavush
Karimi, features new arrangements of Bulbul's repertoire. The
recording has been completed and a new CD is scheduled to be
a copy of the CD,
contact Polad via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Music from the CD
will also be available on the AI web site in Summer 2000. Click
on "Music Section".
as dark as those eyes.
Where do these roads take you?
Again this morning the sun will spread its
rays all over the earth,
The world will start another new tale.
Wake up, Sun, wake up.
Dye everything, make everything colorful,
Or this sea will fly away,
Or it will run away in one dark night.
Come, morning; come, morning.
wind, take this day away,
And bring back the life that has passed.
Words by Fikrat Goja
Music by Polad Bulbuloghlu
(8.1) Spring 2000.
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