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Music Video Showcases One Of Uzbekistan's Most Dazzling Beauties

Uzbekistan's presidential daughter-cum-sultry songstress Gulnara Karimova
Uzbekistan's presidential daughter-cum-sultry songstress Gulnara Karimova
Regular readers of RFE/RL's "Silly Dictators" series will be familiar with Gulnara Karimova's musical ambitions.

For some time now, the daughter of authoritarian Uzbek leader Islam Karimov has been pulling out all the stops to launch an international musical career.

She's collaborated with some of the best pop talent that the former Soviet bloc has to offer in her search for an elusive international hit single.

Googoosha (as her daddy calls her) has even joined the likes of Guns 'N' Roses and Rage Against The Machine by recruiting the talents of director Avi Cohen to shoot a video for her most recent single "Round Run."

This week, the video was made accessible to a global audience by being uploaded to YouTube.

It's a pretty slick affair, showing Gulnara strutting her stuff in some slinky finery as she meanders through the majestic streets of Bukhara while an acrobatic ninja emphasizes the narrative thrust of the song's lyric by, well, running around and around.

WATCH: Gulnara (Googoosha) Karimova sings "Round Run"

Music fans might be surprised to learn that, just a few days after being posted to the world's most popular video-sharing site, more than 50,000 people have already clicked to hear the tune, which Googoosha describes as a "dance floor pumper."

Nonetheless, despite the obvious attractions of Karimova's self-described "bouyant rhythms," "sultry vocals," and "empowering ear-candy beats," perhaps some of these viewers have been lured to click on the video for reasons other than an interest in Euro dance-pop.

That's because the musical clip undoubtedly showcases one of Uzbekistan's most beautiful and dazzling jewels.

Despite Googoosha's best efforts, it is Bukhara that emerges as the real star of Cohen's video.

The Silk Road city is thousands of years old and its rich architectural heritage is one of the reasons why UNESCO has listed it as a World Heritage Site.

Here's a quick selection of some of the many intriguing and spectacular sights that Bukhara has to offer:

PHOTO GALLERY: The ancient Silk Road city of Bukhara
  • A view of Bukhara's historical center
  • Bukhara's Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum, which dates back to the 12th century
  • Bukhara's massive Ark fortress, which was built in the fifth century
  • A man walks in the tranquility of Bukhara's Old City
  • A woman walks past the Uluh-Beg Madrasah, a Koranic school in Bukhara.
  • The Mir-i Arab madrasah in Bukhara, which is said to date back to the early 16th century
  • The Mir-i-Arab madrasah from a different angle
  • An ancient tree stands near a museum in the historical center of the Silk Road city.
  • A view of the majestic Kalyan mosque complex
  • A minaret from the Kalyan complex
  • A man walks past a Mosque in Bukhara
  • Street vendors in Bukhara
  • Gulnara Karimova, the daughter of Uzbek leader Islam Karimov, exploited Bukhara's beauty as a backdrop for the video to her latest single, "Round Run."

-- Coilin O'Connor
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by: LTaylor from: USA
September 27, 2012 23:49
Sad for such a beautiful people and city that their government has a policy of mandatory child labor in the cotton fields and refuses to abandon this, despite international pressure to stop. Uzbekistan exports about one third of the world’s cotton. If you're any clothing made from cotton right now, there’s a good chance some of that cotton was picked by Uzbek child slaves.
In Response

by: Samarqandi
October 01, 2012 05:37
beautiful people of beautiful cities of Bukhara and Samarqand by force and pressure changed their nationality to Uzbeks, as all of them are native Persian/Tajik speakers! Even from this article one should understand why Silly dictator Karimov liked to call his daughter as Googoosha! Googoosh is a famous Iranian singer who has been known and loved by Central Asian persian/tajik speakers even during Soviet era!

by: manfred von richthofen from: charleston, IN
September 28, 2012 10:25
you need to fix the misspelled version of "kyrgyz" in headline at

embarrassing! hire copy editor.
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by: Moderator
September 28, 2012 12:42
Thank you for pointing out this typo. It has since been corrected.

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