Alim Qasimov

Azerbaijani mugham singer

Alim Qasimov (born 1957) is an Azerbaijani musician. He is one of the foremost mugam singers in Azerbaijan. He was awarded the International Music Council-UNESCO Music Prize in 1999. It is one of the highest international honors for music. His music is characterised by his vocal improvisation. It is a move away from the traditional style of mugham.[1] Qasimov has recorded nine albums, three of which are mugham albums with his daughter, Ferghana Qasimova.

Alim Qasimov
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Alim Gasimov
Background information
OriginShamakhi, Azerbaijan
GenresMugham, Ashiq
InstrumentsSinging, Daf
Years active1977–present

Influence and legacyEdit

In 21 November 2009, he was included in a 500 most influential Muslims of world book.[2][3][4] The Icelandic singer Björk complimented Qasimov, by naming him as her "favourite singer alive today".[5][6] In 2010, Alim Qasimov was nominated for the United States National Public Radio's "50 great voices in recorded history" award.[7]


Alim Gasimov on the semi-final allocation draw ceremony of Eurovision Song Contest 2012


  • Classical Mugham (3 January 1996)
  • The Art of Mugham: Azerbaidjan (Live) (1 December 1997)
  • The Mugham of Azerbaidjan (1 October 1999)
  • Love's Deep Ocean (11 October 1999) with Ferghana Qasimova
  • The Legendary Art of Mugham (15 October 1997) with Alim Qasimov Ensemble
  • Central Asian Series, Vol. 6: Spiritual Music of Azerbaijan (25 September 2007) with Ferghana Qasimova
  • "Intimate dialogue" - Live at Morgenland Festival Osnabrück 2009 with Ferghana Qasimova


Year Title Chart positions Album
2010 "I’m your Goddess" (David Vendetta feat. Tara McDonald and Alim Qasimov)[8]


  1. "UNESCO and Azerbaijan". Archived from the original on 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2012-05-09.
  2. "Azerbaijan's president was named one of the most influential Muslim politicians in the world". Archived from the original on 2012-03-25. Retrieved 2012-05-09.
  3. Опубликован список 500 самых авторитетных мусульман Archived 2017-02-03 at the Wayback Machine (in Russian)
  4. "Alim Qasimov Ensemble". Retrieved 5 July 2011.
  5. Needham, Alex (2011-07-04). "Björk: 'Manchester is the prototype'". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
  6. "Бьорк: "Алим Гасымов - мой самый любимый исполнитель"". Retrieved 5 July 2011.
  7. "Azerbaijani mugham singer Alim Qasimov among NPR's nominees for 50 great voices in recorded history". Archived from the original on 2009-11-28. Retrieved 2012-05-09.
  8. Alim Qasımov David Vendetta ilə mahnı yazdırıb Archived 2011-07-14 at the Wayback Machine (in Azerbaijani)