Faruh Zakirov

Faruh Zakirov

Soloist of the Uzbek vocal and instrumental ensemble “Yalla”.
Country: Uzbekistan

  1. Biography of Farruh Zakirov
  2. Childhood and Youth
  3. Music
  4. Public Activities
  5. Personal Life
  6. Farruh Zakirov Today

Biography of Farruh Zakirov

Farruh Zakirov is a Soviet and Uzbek pop singer, as well as the lead singer of the Uzbek vocal-instrumental ensemble "Yalla". He gained fame as the leader of "Yalla", a well-known collective that still enjoys immense popularity in Uzbekistan today. For his work, Zakirov has been awarded numerous state prizes and has been bestowed the title of People's Artist of several former Soviet republics.

Faruh Zakirov

Childhood and Youth

Farruh was born in the spring of 1946 in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. He is of Uzbek nationality. His mother, Shoyista Saidova, was a singer at the Uzbek Theater of Musical Drama, and his father, Karim Zakirov, was a People's Artist of the Uzbek SSR and a professional musician. The young couple met while studying at the Moscow State Conservatory and both joined the opera-theater studio. They got married in Moscow in 1936, and soon their first child, named Batyr, was born. Farruh was the fourth child but not the youngest, as the family grew with two more additions. The Zakirov household was always filled with guests, often famous singers and artists of that time, so the siblings drew inspiration and developed a love for art and creativity from a young age. Today, many consider the Zakirov dynasty to be at the origins of pop and opera art in the Republic of Uzbekistan.


Becoming part of "Yalla", Farruh started to develop in his chosen direction. At that time, the artistic director of the ensemble was Herman Rozhkov, who was also the director of the theater at the conservatory. Together, they arranged the song "Kyz Bola", which brought success to the ensemble. With this composition and several other songs, the group made its first appearance at the All-Union Competition in 1971. Although they didn't win, participating in such a high-level competition was a boost for their future career.

During those years, many groups emerged, and everyone wanted to become famous, but only a few managed to stay afloat. "Yalla" stood out among other artists with its unique music. They combined the sound of traditional Uzbek instruments with electric guitars and organs, complemented by Eastern song motifs in a modern arrangement. The songs were sung in Uzbek, Russian, and English. In his youth, Farruh managed to study and attend numerous concerts as part of the group. For several years, the ensemble successfully toured throughout the Soviet Union and performed in the music hall of Uzbekistan's capital. In addition, the members of "Yalla" created 15 songs in German, and some of their works were recorded on vinyl records by the well-known company "Melodiya".

While initially, they mainly performed folk songs and songs by contemporary authors, gradually the ensemble started incorporating their own compositions and poems by Eastern poets into their repertoire.

After 10 years of work, the members of the ensemble became exhausted, and creative decline set in. As a result, some musicians left "Yalla", and new ones joined. Many of them continue to perform with the group to this day. Only Zakirov remained from the original lineup and eventually became the artistic director of the collective.

It was through his performance that the song "Unusual Eyes" became popular. The music was composed by Andrey Babaev, and the lyrics were based on the poems of the Turkmen poet Kara Seytliev. First introduced in the 1955 film "The Trickery of Old Ashir", the composition gained new life thanks to Zakirov.

In 1980, with new talents and performers, the ensemble continued its activities. Soviet citizens embraced the song "Uchkuduk" ("Three Wells"), which has become the hallmark of "Yalla" to this day. Two years later, the group released their first self-titled album. The photos of the members adorned their records and sold out immediately after hitting the stores.

"Yalla" went on to record two more albums - "The Face of My Beloved" and "Musical Tea House". Over the years, their popular songs included "Remember Me", "Nasreddin's Song", "Tea House", a composition called "Kel, Kel" recorded with Nasiba Abdulayeva, and others.

On the ensemble's 20th anniversary, the familiar sound of their songs was enriched by the young voice of the emerging Uzbek singer Abdullah Kurbonov, who joined the celebratory concert at the invitation of Farruh Karimovich.

Despite becoming the Minister of Culture of Uzbekistan in 2000, Zakirov did not leave the collective and continued to record new albums with them. In 2002, "Yalla" released the album "Yalla. The Best", and a year later, they released another disc titled "Yalla – Grand Collection".

In 2005, "Yalla" celebrated its 35th anniversary and two years later performed at a concert dedicated to the legends of the Soviet retro era. During the same period, Zakirov collaborated with the young singer Akbar Atamukhamedov on the track "Fate", which represents a dialogue between a father and a son. Both performers also appeared in the music video, directed by Batyr Mamatillaev.

In 2018, the artist made several appearances on national Uzbek television as a participant in concerts and other events, and together with "Yalla", he continued to perform at weddings.

During a concert dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the ensemble "Ariel" held at the State Kremlin Palace in the fall of 2020, "Yalla" performed the legendary song "Uchkuduk".

Public Activities

In 2017, the "Club of People's Artists" was created in Uzbekistan, aimed at passing on experience to the younger generation. Under the leadership of Farruh Karimovich, the organization conducted seminars and master classes for young artists.

The performer also engaged in charity work. He participated in the "Creative Challenge" campaign, accepting the baton from Vildan Yarullin. The campaign aimed to support cultural veterans.

Personal Life

The personal life of the popular artist has been successful, although his first marriage to Nargiz Zakirova (formerly Baykhanova) ended in divorce. For some time, she was a vocalist in "Yalla". The couple lived together for 9 years, and Nargiz gave birth to their son Said. However, in 1983, the Zakirovs decided to part ways.

In 1986, the artist married Anna, a Russian woman. They did not have any children together, but they raised Anna's son from her previous marriage, Mikhail. By that time, the boy was one year old.

Both adult sons of Zakirov studied abroad, and their chosen professions were not related to music. Following in the footsteps of their creative ancestors, Farruh's niece Nargiz became an established singer.

Zakirov shares photos with his family and snapshots from concerts on his Instagram page, which he maintains in his native language.

Farruh Zakirov Today

Despite his venerable age, Farruh Zakirov continues to perform to this day. In the spring of 2021, the artist celebrated his 75th birthday. However, the celebration was modest due to coinciding with a religious fast.

In the fall, the singer appeared as a guest on the show "Hello, Andrey!" where he talked about the music and famous songs of "Yalla".