Barno Ishakova


Barno Iskhakova (Born Bakhmal Berakhovna Iskhakova) (Tajik: Барно Исҳоқова, Russian: Барно Исхакова) is a famous Bukharian Jewish musician from Tajikistan. Born in Tashkent, Uzbek SSR, USSR on May 12, 1927 to the traditional Bukharian Jewish family of Berakh and Rachel Iskhakov. She later immigrated to the capital of the Tajik SSR, Stalinabad (Dushanbe) and made her career as a singer there. Iskhakova was considered one of the greatest modern female singers in the history of Central Asia and Tajikistan. She was married to singer Isroel Badalbayev, although she retained her original surname as a stage name. She was very famous for her rendition of traditional Shashmaqom (a type Central Asian Music) songs in Tajik and Uzbek, and other songs in Russian, as well as her mother tongue of Bukhori (Judeo-Tajik Language). She is considered a remarkable performer, in the same class as other Tajik stars as Seeno, Davlatmand Kholov, and Daler Nazarov. Known as the Queen of the Shashmaqom tradition of Tajik music, she sang side by side on the radio and television with other famous performers of the Tajik Soviet Era such as Neriyo Aminov, Rafael Tolmasov, Shoista Mullodzhanova, Hanifa Mavlianova, Rena Galibova, Ahmad Boboqulov, and others. When Soviet Tajik writer Sadriddin Ayni heard her sing, he called her Levicha among women for Levi (Levicha) Babakhanov was a famous Bukharian Jewish traditional singer who performed for the last Emir of Bukhara in the ear...

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