On October 3, Embassy Tashkent observed the 4th Annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days with a concert featuring Jazzirama Band, singer Rayhon and Shakhzod Band.
U.S. Ambassador George Krol opened the concert with remarks in both English and Uzbek, welcoming the crowd and thanking and introducing the performers.
Embracing the message of the Daniel Pearl World Music Days concept, Ambassador Krol told the crowd: “…in honor of Daniel Pearl’s life and love of music and peace, every year throughout October, musicians around the world join in “Harmony for Humanity” to promote peace and understanding through music, uniting against violence, and working toward a world without hate. Your presence here today is a testament to the fact that music has the power to increase communication and connections between people of different cultures.”
This was U.S. Embassy Tashkent’s fourth year participating in World Music Days. This year’s concert gathered over 600 people in attendance despite cold temperature and wind.
The audience was comprised of people of all ages, grandparents, babies and everyone in between. The singing and dancing crowd showed the performers how much their music moved them. Jazzirama Band is a jazz group of young people combining Uzbek folk music with jazz and progressive rock. Shakhzod band was founded after Uzbekistan’s independence and remains popular with audiences of all ages. The group’s founder Rashid Khalikov is Honored Artist of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Rayhon is a popular Uzbek singer, songwriter and film actress. She has received multiple awards for her contributions to the music industry in Uzbekistan.