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Seyid Shushinski


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Seyid Shushinski (Azerbaijani: Seyid Şuşinski), born Mir Mohsun Seyid Ibrahim oglu Shushinski (12 April 1889, Horadiz – 1 November 1965, Baku), was a prominent folk singer (khananda). After Jabbar Karyagdy (Cabbar Qaryağdıoğlu) he played the most important role in the formation of contemporary Azeri folk and performance. He brought many new elements and forms to mugams and did significant work for the development of the art of mugam.

Shushinski was born in the small town of Horadiz, near present-day Fizuli, Karabakh, , but his life and works were always associated with Shusha, which explains the surname he took for himself. He lost his father at a young age, and was looked after by his aunt Meshadi Khurzad who was a folk singer. Shushinski received primary education at a religious school in his home town. Due to his musical talent, he joined his first musical ensemble at the age of 15. He made his first public performance in 1908 in Shusha, which proved to be a great success and brought the 19-year old singer big fame in the city. At his uncle’s insistence, Shushinski completed another 2 years of musical education at Mir Mohsun Navvab’s school in Shusha and was recognized as a professional khananda. His performance was admired outside the Azeri community. In 1911 he was invited by the Armenian club Obschestvennoe sobranie to give a concert in Tiflis (nowadays Tbilisi, Georgia), first one in a series of remarkable concerts given by Shushinski in this city in the next 8 years.

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