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by Mergen

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Why are we afraid of 13? It is the number of moon cycle. Moon has a huge impact on whole humanity, whole nature. One actual month consists of 28 days. Divide 365 by 28 and you’ll get 13 months, which is a full year. And this album for me was like a Cycle, a part of my life I had to get through.

A 13-track album sung in Kazakh, that belongs to Turkic language group. It has impact of Arab, Persian, Mongol and Russian languages, still distinguished by it’s own sonic power.

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released July 1, 2009

Recorded at Magic Studio, Almaty 2004-2008 and Chick Flick Studio Almaty 2007-2008

Mastered at Chick Flick Studio Almaty 2009

Credits:

Sound Engineers: Nikolai Serbin, Baglan Ayazbayev, Mikhail Ivanov, Arman Boyaubayev, Michael Bondee

Arrangements by Nikolai Serbin, Baglan Ayazbayev and Akmaral Zykayeva

Musicians: Nikolai Serbin, Konstantin Zimmarin, Nodar Mashurov, Kirill Ivanov, Stanislav Chastukhin, Arman Boyaubayev, Gulnar Mussabekova, Bagym Mukhetdinova, Anastassiya Pershina, Fedor Artamonov, Alina Beisaliyeva, Ainur Aidarkulova, Asset Narmanbetov.

*Cover art and visuals by Nurlan Abishev

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Mergen Kazakhstan

Akmaral Zykayeva (referred to as Mergen) was born in December, 21, 1985 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. She is a Kazakh singer-songwriter, multi-musician and composer. Her music varies from folk, electronic, trip-hop, pop and rock sung in Kazakh language.

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