- 4 years ago
Playing tracks by
Anonymous, Chimiddorzh, Huun-Huur-Tu, Mme. B. Shambueva, Krimm-Tatar Orkiestra and more.
Crimea has a diverse ethnic history. Haci Giray, a descendant of Genghis Khan and a disillusioned member of the Tatar horde, founded the Crimean Khanate ca. 1440. This tenuous nation-state remained in nominal existence for over 200 years, though it was a tributary of the Ottoman Empire for most of this time. Catherine the Great annexed Crimea in 1783. She allowed the region to be governed by Islamic Tatars at first, though colonization/Russification efforts were later made under Tsarist Russia. Soviet authority vacillated between subsidization of Tatar culture and forced deportation of local ethnicities. Per a 2001 Ukrainian Census, the population of Crimea is 12% Tatar, 24% Ukrainian, and 58% Russian.
This show tries to reflect this historical trajectory, beginning with songs from Mongolia, moving to traditional Turkic/Caucasian pieces (and one gem performed by a Crimean Tatar orchestra) and finishing with Ukrainian/Russian songs and a reflection on war.