KAZAKHSTAN / Dombra

The dombra, also known as dombyra (Kazakh: домбыра, dombyra, Bashkir: думбыра) is a long-necked Kazakh and Bashkir lute and a musical string instrument. The dombyra shares certain characteristics with the komuz and dutar, such as its long, thin neck and oblong body shape. It is a popular instrument among Turkic communities in Central Asian countries such as Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan.

The Kazakhs are a Turkic ethnic group who mainly inhabit the Ural Mountains and northern parts of Central Asia, the region also known as the Eurasian sub-continent. Kazakh identity is of medieval origin and was strongly shaped by the foundation of the Kazakh Khanate between 1456 and 1465, when several tribes under the rule of the sultans Zhanibek and Kerey departed from the Khanate of Abu’l-Khayr Khan.

The Kazakhs likely began using that name during the 15th or the 16th century. There are many theories on the origin of the word Kazakh or Qazaq. Some speculate that it comes from the Turkish verb qaz (“to wander”), because the Kazakhs were wandering steppemen; or that it derives from the Proto-Turkic word khasaq (a wheeled cart used by the Kazakhs to transport their yurts and belongings). Another theory on the origin of the word Kazakh (originally Qazaq) is that it comes from the ancient Turkic. Source: WikiPedia  

Daididau – Kazakh national folk song

I wrote a letter to you my dear
It’s been more than a year since I saw you
When you cross my mind, my beautiful
You stir the old pain in my heart.

Ohh, daididau ay
You stir the numbed pain in my heart

Part of me is left with you my friend,
(i didnt understand this part at all)
We had promised to never break-up
Your promise was a lie

Ohh, daididau ayy
Your promise was a lie
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