Shamshi Kaldayakov’s new song was presented in Almaty - Kazakh TV

Kazakh king of waltz, Shamshi Kaldayakov’s new song was presented in Almaty. Composition “Koktem Ani” that had never been performed before has been discovered in the great Kazakh composer Shamshi Kaldayakov’s manuscripts. A big concert was held to premiere the previously unknown song.

According to Shamshi Kaldayakov’s family, in 1961, the composer presented the song’s notes as a gift to the People’s Artist of the USSR, Roza Zhamanova. However, it had never performed on stage and after Zhamanova’s death, her apprentice Balapan Zhubayeva received all her records, including the notes. The melodic and soulful song was for the first time performed by the opera singer.   

MUKHTAR KALDAYAKOV, CONDUCTOR, SHAMSHI KALDAYAKOV’S SON:

- People love my father’s songs. I think that when they hear the song, one intro or one phrase, they will be singing the song. This is what exactly distinguishes Shamshi Kaldayakov’s works from the others. 

The great composer’s songs contributed to success of several generations of singers. Many artists perform his songs. Today, Shamshi Kaldayakov’s compositions are performed by the singers of the Abai Opera and the folk and symphonic orchestras. 

GULZAT DAURBAYEVA, SINGER, ABAI OPERA HOUSE:

- My artistic career began with Shamshi Kaldayakov’s songs. In 1993-94, Shamshi Kaldayakov’s song contests were held in Shymkent and Zhambyl. At that time, I received an award thanks to Shamshi Kaldayakov’s songs.  

Alongside opera singers, folk bands also performed Shamshi Kaldayakov’s compositions on the stage. Music performances were complemented by stage decorations created by Ukrainian director Andrey Yeremin with the help of the latest concert technologies.                                                                             

MUKHTAR KALDAYAKOV, CONDUCTOR, SHAMSHI KALDAYAKOV’S SON:

- The director has modern, European ways. His work is very well-organized. He showed us specifics ways to use pictures, back up dances, intros, how dancers and vocalists should enter, he also helped write scenarios. He works with a very good team.

Shamshi Kaldayakov’s works make up Kazakhstan’s music heritage. His captivating compositions will be remembered by the people of Kazakhstan. 

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