Dariga Nazarbayeva, chairman of Board of Directors of Khabar agency:
Some time ago nobody had learned to look back and what was lost today in the
spiritual and moral memories of the people cannot be recovered. The great importance
of the problem of preserving the rich musical heritage of the Kazakh people
could not be delayed that is why it got the understanding of the main television
canal of the country.
I think that history
and progeny will evaluate this step and significance of this project. Each of
us believe that our children and grandchildren will be more clever, talented
and more kinder than their parents. We always hope for that and work for that
sake. But the intellect, talent and spiritual beauty of our children are unthinkable
without memories, without touching the relics of their people and of the whole
mankind. The magic of music, poetic shock of strophe - is not only the condition
of the spirit of any normal person but is the stem of the entire civilization
of mankind without which any material prosperity loses its significance.
The project Asyl Mura is grandiose in its aims and plans, and its successful realisation will
not only save from the inevitable loss of concrete samples of the priceless
heritage of our musical culture, but will do far more - showing that mankind
is able to recover from the virus of inspirituality and that mankind is trying
to become pure and moral.
Kaseinov, minister of culture of the Republic of Kazakhstan, chairman of the
trustee board for the Asyl Mura project:
- As a professional
musician, I can confidently say that the musical art of the Kazakh people is
unique in its originality and rich diversity. The nomadic mode of life predetermined
its high development as one of most valued components of the culture of Kazakhs
that is why it is just natural that the musical ethnographers from many countries
of the world are so interested in it.
The idea of preserving
this valuable heritage for future generation came up a long time ago, after
all, unfortunately, despite the pains taking effort and at times titanic efforts
of the archive workers, the validity of the old gramophone records and tape
recorders is insignificant on the scale of time, and the emergence of new digital
technology enables prolonging it actually for centuries.
That is why we are very grateful to Coca-Cola who responded to our proposal
and became a founder and general sponsor of the project Asyl Mura - Musical
heritage of Kazakhstan. That is no ordinary patronage of art, but a priceless
deposit to the culture of the country for this project according to the scale
of the task is really historical.
Kosubayev, member of the trustee board for the Asyl Mura project, head
of the press service at the office of the President of Kazakhstan:
I have had the
opportunity of hearing not once the lamentations of popular artists and musicologists
about the loss of monuments of audio recordings, about the poor state of archive
materials and the threat of the pending loss of the unique heritage. I was convinced
of this during my tenure of office as the head of the national tele-radio company
that over the time accumulated a huge and really gold collection of audio and
video recordings including musical heritage. At the moment the most valuable
of them are being transferred to the State Archives, where more better conditions
exist for preserving the historic materials, while the project Asyl Mura
makes it possible to restore and bring back to life many priceless records.
I think that our efforts on preserving the treasures of Kazakhstan's musical
culture will be fully appreciated by progeny, and the example of Coca-Cola
, thanks to whose efforts the idea of the project has become a reality and is
successfully being realised will be followed by local businessmen since the
cultural sphere still has so many problems and to solve them calls for efficient
and immediate help.
Rustemova, Public Affairs and Communications Manager of the Representation Coca-Cola
CIS Services Ltd.:
- The restoration
and preservation of the unique audio records of folk music of Kazakhstan is
not only a big job but also a great honour for the participants of this project.
For me personally it is a great honour to be involved in preserving what has
been the spirit of my people.
As one of the staff
of a leading international company that finances many social projects all over
the world, I would like to say that Asyl Mura is a very unique and important
project. I believe that the Kazakh people remember and love their spiritual
and musical heritage and all we want to do is help preserve them for centuries.