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Sonya Shavtikova - Red East: Abaza Lovesongs

by Ored Recordings

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Sonya Shavtikova, from the village of Psyzh, is the contemporary keeper of the Abaza musical tradition. Sonia received an accordion and instrumental and song repertoire from her older relatives and friends. She developed her style playing performing for gatherings, weddings, sends off events for the army, and other holidays. Out of her 67 years, 48 have been devoted to music and although Shavtikova does not have a conservative education, she is a professional musician - she earns a living through music.
This album is a collection of lyrical, feast, and late Soviet songs, popular in the Abaza region

Sound recording: Timur Kodzoko
Cover photo: Tamerlan Vasilyev
Cover art: Milana Khalilova
Notes: Bulat Khalilov
Recorded in Cherkessk, Karachay-Cherkessiya, Russia,
Project is organized and produced by Abaza History project


Соня Шавтикова из аула Псыж - хранительница абазинской музыкальной традиции сегодня. Гармошку, инструментальный и песенный репертуар Соня получила от старших родственников и друзей. Стиль развивала во время посиделок, свадеб, проводов в армию и других праздников. Из 67 лет 48 посвятила музыке. И хоть у Шавтиковой нет консерваторского образования, она профессиональный музыкант - музыкой она зарабатывает на жизнь.

Этот альбом представляет собой своеобразную личную антологию свадебной музыки по версии Шавтиковой.
Релиз выходит вместе со статьей на портале НОЖ (на данный момент только на русском языке)

Запись звука: Тимур Кодзоков
Фото на обложке: Тамерлан Васильев
Дизайн обложки: Милана Халилова
Текст: Булат Халилов.
Записано в Черкесске, Карачаево-Черкесия, Россия.


released February 21, 2020


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