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Dzhabaev Dzhambul

Folk poet (akyn)

Dzhabaev Dzhambul, USSR Folk poet (akyn).

Background

Dzhambul, Dzhabaev was born in 1846 in the village of Semirech’e.

Education

Pupil of the akyn, Saiumbai.

Career

Expert on Kazakh music. Remembered a great number of tunes. Sang accompanied by the dombra at aitysy (Kazakh story-telling competitions) in the tolgau style (a recitative traditional with the akyn.).

Stalin Prize, 1941. Received enormous publicity in the 1930s for his primitive hymns on Stalin.