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by Imran Usmanov
Imran Usmanov (1953 to 2017) was a Russian 'Chechen folk' singer, poet and composer. Imran Hermanovich Usmanov was born in Osh Region, Kirghiz Soviet Socialist Republic (now Kyrgyzstan), Soviet Union, on March 2nd 1953. Although born in the Kirghiz Soviet satellite, his parents were of Chechen descent, after suffering deportation there from the village Nozhai-Yurt in Chechnya. After eventually being granted family rehabilitation to Chechnya, he went to school in his native village, then on to high school where he graduated in 1970. Enrolment at the Rostov Music College was curtailed after he was called up for national service with the Soviet Army in 1971. After military discharge, Usmanov returned to vocal studies, and graduated from Rostov-on-Don Music Teachers Training College in 1981, with honours in the field of solo singing. Back in the Nozhai-Yurt area, he initially joined the 'folk' group 'Illy', but eventually struck out on his own. As a singer possessing a deep baritone voice, he sang songs mainly about love and friendship (some of which are now widely regarded as classics in Chechen music). In the late 1990s he released an album, "Genalho Hyegiina", containing some of his more poetic compositions (the original release was planned back in 1994 but civil war had delayed it). In April 2004, he announced that he would be composing various musical pieces which focused on educating children about the danger of land mines, in tandem with the Red Cross Society's dedicated section devoted to this problem. Usmanov issued another collection of his work ("Kiain Dune") in 2008, then went on to translate the Russian-language films "Svad'ba v Malinovke" and "Ivan Vasil'yevich Menyayet Professiyu" into Chechen for public release there. His final appointment was as director of Chechnya's Philharmonic Society. Having earlier been made "People's Artist of the Chechen-Ingush Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic", in 2013 he was further appointed "Honored Artist of the Chechen Republic". Imran Usmanov died in Grozny, Chechnya, on July 11th 2017, aged 64. [ Translated from: ]
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Posted: 1st August 2017
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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