New facts about Amre Kashaubayev’s performances

New information has emerged about the performance of outstanding Kazakh singer, Amre Kashaubayev, in Paris. His concerts were held during the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts in the summer of 1925. He visited Paris as part of the Soviet delegation. Amre performed ‘Balkadisha,’ ‘Dudaray,’ ‘Karatorgai’ and other Kazakh folk songs, which were accompanied by the dombyra. In total, he performed 11 concerts in Paris. Kazakh music expert, Zharkyn Shakarim said Amre’s performances were reported by Paris Week newspaper in its July issue.

The performances were held in Saint Georges Drama Theater, located in the ninth district of Paris between the Louvre and Montmartre.

ASKAR ABDRAKHMANOV, KAZAKH DEPUTY PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE TO UNESCO:

- First, we found the place where Amre Kashaubayev performed his concerts. Second, we discovered the review of the great French composer and music expert, Paul Le Flem who praised Kashaubayev’s performances.  

Copies of the old newspapers were scanned and digitalized in the National Library of France. Askar Abdrakhmanov received the 1925 issue of the Paris Week newspaper in the microfilm format, which contained the announcements of cultural events to be held as part of the EXPO. The librarian suggested that the Comoedia newspaper could have written about the USSR artists’ performances. The newspaper also reported on a concert hall of the same name. The July issue of the Paris Week contained the article, the translation of which was quoted in Zharkyn Shakarim’s book.

ASKAR ABDRAKHMANOV, KAZAKH DEPUTY PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE TO UNESCO:

- When we visited the National Library of France, we were focused on finding new data. When we discovered the evidence that Kazakh musicians demonstrated their skills in France we were really happy to share this information.

To-date, the researchers could not find the records of songs performed by Amre in Paris. It is known that a Sorbonne University professor, Hubert Pernot recorded seven songs performed by Amre. Meanwhile, music expert Zharkyn Shakarim discovered in Moscow the records of Kashaubayev’s performances. It was recorded two years after the Paris triumph. However, the researcher continues to hope to find these records.