Interview with Shahrizoda’s producer, Sa’dulla Abdullayev

Shahrizoda with their producer (on the right)

Shahrizoda (Risolat, Zebo and Shahnoza) with their producer (on the right).

I’m so excited to have found this. An interview with the producer of Shahrizoda (Uzbek Cyrillic), Sa’dulla Abdullayev. I was able to get an Uzbek friend to translate the part about the girls for me. It’s quite insightful.

Shu paytgacha guruhda 12 ta qiz bo‘ldi, nechtasi turmushga chiqdi va men nechta nevarali bo‘ldim! (kuladi) Shuning uchun ham, qizlarga tayinlayman, “menga bir oy vaqt beringlar” deyman.

Translation: So far, there have been 12 girls in the group who have come and left. So many of them got married, and I became a grandfather to many grandchildren (laughs). That is why I tell girls to inform me in advance (“Give me a month’s time”) in case they are going to leave.

Read the entire part about Shahrizoda here, in Uzbek and English.

Former Shahrizoda member Aziza is married!

Aziza and Ulug'bek on their wedding day

When doing some research on the girls a while back, I inadvertently discovered that former Shahrizoda member Aziza was married!

23-aprel kuni aktyor Ulug‘bek Qodirov “Venetsiya” restoranida 6 yildan buyon ko‘ngil qo‘ygan sevgilisi “Shahrizoda” guruhi sobiq xonandasi Azizaxonga uylandi.

Rough English translation: On the 23rd of April (2013) at “Venice” restaurant, actor Ulug’bek Qodirov married his sweetheart, Aziza, former member of the group Shahrizoda.

Source: (UZ)

This got me really excited. I then did some more digging and found a couple of photos of the pair. It was definitely one of our original Shahrizoda members, just all grown up! Not only did we now have her real name (no last name as yet), but her husband starred in the film Panoh with other former member Muborak!

Left: Ulug'bek and Aziza attending an event in Uzbekistan; and right, a younger Aziza during her Shahrizoda days

Left: Ulug’bek and Aziza attending an event in Uzbekistan; and right, a younger Aziza during her Shahrizoda days

There is even a video of the wedding. For some reason, a lot of Uzbek weddings of famous actors or actresses are filmed and then put on YouTube. Most of the time, it’s just showing people dancing. Singer Shohruhxon is a special guest (and lip-syncing, as Uzbek performers often do!). At 10 minutes and 40 seconds into the video you can spot Shahnoza dancing, and another girl who has been known to perform as part of the group (see: video for ‘Amira’).

I believe this is Ulug’bek’s second marriage, his first being in 2012 which ended months later.

Enjoy! We wish them every happiness, tabriklaymiz!

Updates in Progress

Hello to anybody who is reading this, is currently undergoing some upgrades. I am in the process of updating the site and hopefully, this will make it better for everyone. The upgrade includes this ‘News’ page. It means that when I find anything new about Shahrizoda I will post it here first.

I am also thinking about how best to do the Lyrics page. I am thinking I may just link to – it has many Shahrizoda lyrics and there is no need to double up or waste time when there is already a good resource. I will still link to each song individually.

If there is ANYBODY out there who has information about the girls they want to share, please don’t hesitate to contact me! 🙂 I welcome all contributions, no matter how small.

That’s it for now. Look for more updates soon.