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Uzbek president’s daughter releases album in English
June 01, 2012
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TASHKENT: The eldest daughter of Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov, already a hugely popular singer in her own country, has produced a new music album in English to try to win a global audience.

The album of Gulnara Karimova, who performs under the name of ‘GooGoosha,’ will be released in the United States, Europe and Asia starting this June and the lyrics have all been penned by her, the singer and media reports said.

"The remix from the album – Round Run in an arrangement by DJ White Shadow – has been on air in many radio stations and been played at more than 100 night clubs in the US since April," the gazeta.uz website said.

Karimova confirmed the planned release on her Twitter feed, saying "I am finally holding in my hands my newly-baked album. It's on sale in June." "It's a best professional disc, in English, the lyrics are mine and is being released in full in the West!."

GooGoosha has worked with Russian composer Maxim Fadeev to produce the album. In the past, she performed with Spanish crooner Julio Iglesias in a duet in his trademark song "Besame Mucho".

So far, GooGoosha has mainly sung in Uzbek with songs like "Unutma Meni" ("Don't Forget Me") as well as Russian and Spanish. She has also written poems.

Her charitable foundation described the new English album as a "exotic pot-pourri of melody and a personal confession in front of the force of deep emotions".

As well as heading cultural, health and charity projects at home, Karimova also launched a cosmetics line earlier this year.

Last week her Guli jewellery brand co-sponsored a gala event in Monte Carlo called Nights in Monaco benefiting the Prince Albert II of Monaco and Bill Clinton Foundation, according to Karimova's website.

Although Karimova distances herself from politics, she is said to have some political and economic sway in Uzbekistan, an ex-Soviet republic bordering Afghanistan.

Her father, Islam Karimov, has been ruling the country since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Agence France-Presse

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