Jasur Gaipov

Jasur Gaipov is a young Uzbek pop singer. He sings mainly in Uzbek, but he knows several other languages—Russian, English, Turkish, and Azerbaijani, and Tadjik. In addition to singing, he writes poetry, dances, and acts in films, and has trained as a lawyer and worked as an entrepreneur. He has said that his biggest musical influence is Michael Jackson.

Gaipov was born in 1988 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He has said that he fell in love with music when he was young, partly through his parents’ influence—his mother played the piano and taught him to play as well. Despite that, they were strongly against him becoming a singer. Yet he prevailed, starting to perform at festivals when he was only 11. When he was 15 he won a music contest, the reward for which was a contact with Tarona Records in 2001. But it took a while for his career to heat up—it was only around 2004, with his first album, My Friend (Do’stim), that his career took off. His sound now included rock, soul, and blues influences, and he developed a solid list of hit songs. He was well on his way to becoming a big Uzbek pop star.

However, at this point he took a break from his music. He got a law degree and then, a few years later, returned to the world of music. Since 2011, he has been churning out new songs and music videos. His most recent album, This Isn’t Rain (Bu yomg’ir emas), appeared in 2014. He’s now working on new projects, and recently signed with an international music label.

Gaipov also tries to be an inspirational figure in Uzbek pop culture. He has said, “At the end of the day, the most important thing is to be honest with yourself and your loved ones and to work hard … Perfect and cultivate your talent. Be the best at what you do. Learn more about your field than anyone else alive.”

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“Brave” (“Vaqt”):

Lyrics for “Vaqt”:

Bahorda yomg’ir sochilib
Qara ketibsan ochilib
Sani ko’ra olmaganlar
Doim yurardi gapirib

Dugonalaring jim o’tirsin
Undan ko’ra erga tegsin
Ular soddaliging bilar
Ko’rasan bizni ayira

Bahorda yomg’ir sochilib
Qara ketibsan ochilib
Bizni ko’ra olmaganlar
Doim yurardi bekinib

Dugonalaring jim o’tirsin
Undan ko’ra erga tegsin
Ular soddaliging bilar
Ko’rasan bizni ayirar

Vay vay vay, asal qizligiz bilamiz
Vay vay vay, ha endi nima qilamiz
Vay vay vay, ko’pam yerga urma mani
Vay vay vay, he osmondagi oy

Vay vay vay, asal qizligiz bilamiz
Vay vay vay, ha endi nima qilamiz
Vay vay vay, ko’pam yerga urma mani
Vay vay vay, he osmondagi oy

Gullarimni olarding, sovg’alarim olarding
Ichingda xursand bo’lib, yana kutib qolarding
Gullarimni olarding, sovg’alarim olarding
Yaxshi ko’rmas ekansan, sovg’ani nega olding

Hey, alamlar, azoblar, tinch qo’yinglar
Hey, alamlar, azoblar, tinch qo’yinglar

Vay vay vay, asal qizligiz bilamiz
Vay vay vay, ha endi nima qilamiz
Vay vay vay, ko’pam yerga urma mani
Vay vay vay, he osmondagi oy

Vay vay vay, asal qizligiz bilamiz
Vay vay vay, ha endi nima qilamiz
Vay vay vay, ko’pam yerga urma mani
Vay vay vay, he osmondagi oy

Shaharni qoq o’rtasida,Mirzo Ulug’bek bog’ida
Sani yana qancha kutay, mana shu haykal tagida
To’yim keng dalada bo’lar, chaqirmaganlayam kelar
Ko’pam yerga uraverma, to’yimga Ozodbek kelar

Vay vay vay, asal qizligiz bilamiz
Vay vay vay, ha endi nima qilamiz
Vay vay vay, ko’pam yerga urma mani
Vay vay vay, he osmondagi oy

Vay vay vay, asal qizligiz bilamiz
Vay vay vay, ha endi nima qilamiz
Vay vay vay, ko’pam yerga urma mani
Vay vay vay, he osmondagi oy

 

“This Isn’t Rain” (“Bu yomg’ir emas”):

 

Lyrics are not available.

 

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Julie is currently studying Russian as a Second Language in Irkutsk (and before that, Bishkek) with SRAS's Home and Abroad Scholarship program, with the goal of someday having some sort of Russia/Eurasia-related career. She recently got her master’s degree from the University of Glasgow and the University of Tartu, where she studied women’s dissent in Soviet Russia. She also has a bachelor’s degree in literature from Yale. Some of her favorite Russian authors are Sorokin, Shishkin, Il’f and Petrov, and Akhmatova. In her spare time Julie cautiously practices martial arts, reads feminist websites, and taste-tests instant coffee for her blog.