Participant Observation is the Process of Learning by Observing and Participating in Cultural Life
First Name Last Name Email


Any term All terms
World Music CD of the Month

Buy at Amazon
The Participant Observer World Music CD of the Month is Munadjat Yulchieva and Ensemble Shavkat Mirzaev.

Munadjat Yulchieva is Uzbekistan's most renowned vocalist who sings in the Shashmaqam, or Six Maqams, tradition found in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. In 2003 it was declared a UNESCO Masterpiece of the Oral in Intangible Heritage of Humanity.The tradition consists of songs (lyrical and intrumental, poetry with roots in traditional Jewish, Sufi and Persian classical music. It developed in the ancient city of Bukhara in what is now known as Uzbekistan. A major trade stop on the silk road, Bukhara life was once very cosmopolitan and influenced by many cultural traditions. Shashmaqam is a modal form of music similar in structure to Persian classical music but the lyrics are often derived from Uzbek and Tajik classical poetry. It was originally a form of court music. During the Soviet era only Western classical music was taught in schools because it was written down but eventually Shashmaqam was transcribed which increased the ease in which it could be taught. Since the end of the Soviet Era the music and dance has florished and become a key aspect of Uzbek cultural identity. The music is now performed at most celebrations, large and small. The music stands as a testiment to a time when Jewish and Muslim cultures actively harmonized with each other.

Bookmark and Share

Keep informed about San Diego Events!
Sign-up for our weekly Eblast by clicking here: Sign Me Up!

Today's Date

Follow Us!
Follow Us on IntagramFollow Us on FacebookVisit Our YouTube ChannelFollow Parobs on TwitterVisit Us on PinterestVisit Us on Linked-In
Music From Everywhere!
Radio Garden
Published By:
Try This Tonight!

Japanese Hiroshima Okonomiyaki
Book of the Month

Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line

by Deepa Anappara

Music of the Month

Munadjat Yulchieva and Ensemble Shavkat Mirzaev
Participant Observer Staff
Section Editors, Writers and Contributors: Sharon Payne, Ana Alvarez,
Cecilia Xinyu Cai, Jaehyeon Ahn
Spanish Translations: Ana Alvarez, Programming: Rachel Duncan
Associate Editors: Christa Parrish, Katie Tonellato
Editor in Chief: Tom Johnston-O'Neill
Orgs and Causes in San Diego
Learn a New Language!
Local Classes
Online Courses
Books & Software
Immersion Programs
Join Our Team!
Contact Us

Home - Calendar - Film - Donate - Articles - Food - Music - Dance - Stage - Art - Netflix - Books - About - Shops - Extras

The San Diego Participant Observer is a publication of The Worldview Project, a 501(c)3 educational nonprofit corporation
2445 Morena Blvd, Suite 210 San Diego, CA 92110 — © 2006 - 2019