Music showed its power – it connected two distant worlds
Macedonian folk song in Quetta, Pakistan. For the first time in this part of the world.
The first collaborative project that brings together Macedonian and Hazaragi culture, after months of work and preparation, on 17th August had its public presentation in the heart of the Hazara community in Balochistan.
The gentle melody of “Snoshti sakav da ti dojdam” (Last night I wanted to come to you), so naturally brings Hazaragi verses of poetry, which, in turn, “melt” in the wonderful atmosphere of one of the most beautiful Macedonian folk songs. Vocal performers of the song are Ana Simonovska and Shahabdullah Alamee, and Muchi Habibi has his part as talented percussionist.
Attendees of the presentation, through projection of video materials, presentation of folk costumes, including a Macedonian costume created by the hosts themselves, also had the opportunity to learn about the cultural heritage and natural beauties of Macedonia.
Music has again demonstrated its immense power to overcome differences and connect two seemingly distant worlds.
About Hazara community
The Hazara community mainly lives in central Afghanistan, where they are the third largest ethnic group, about 650 thousand live in neighboring Pakistan and one million in Iran. They are followers of Shia Islam, and speak Farsi (Persian), Dari (Persian dialect spoken in Afghanistan) and Hazaragi (language combination of Farsi, Dari and Mongolian words).
The origin of Hazaras is not fully reconstructed. Their physical attributes, the structure of facial bones and parts of their culture and language resemble those of Mongolians and Turks in Central Asia. Genetic tests partially support the popular belief that Hazaras have Mongolian origin, that is descendants of Genghis Khan.
About Ana Simonovska
Graduated musician, theorist and teacher, plays the piano, Macedonian folk instruments and guitar. On the Macedonian music scene her debut performance was at the Skopje Festival in 1999, when she sang “Come to me”, then the national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2002 with the song “How I feel” and in 2009 with “Good end”. Later in nightclubs there were numerous live performances with the band Barbut, whose cooperation resulted with the song “Gain power” and independently recorded “Stop”, “Cold”, “Where do we go”, “Now it is your turn” and “Friend”.
Half a year ago, Ana Simonovska returned with the video for the song titled “Morning without you”, whose music and lyrics were signed by herself, and the arrangement was by Darko Tasev, Zlatko Simionski, “Do-Re-Mi” studio production. Besides Tasev and Simionski, Ana has collaborated with Kristijan Gabroski, Valentino Skenderovski.
For almost 2 years Ana has been living in Islamabad, Pakistan, where she has made a successful collaboration with the music producer Taimur Mirza, the international band “Khaas Collaboration”, and has also had solo performances.