Reader Bob H suggested an occasional musical feature using YouTube musicians, say called “On the Path of Decent Groove” from a J.J. Cale album. Bob H provided a lovely instrumental piece, which I do intend to run in a future post. I hope you’ll have the patience to wait. I am worried readers don’t share my enthusiasm for good vocalists (and clever lyrics) since we recently showcased the impressive Marcelito Pomoy and didn’t get all that much in the way of comments.
I just stumbled across the 26 year old Kazakh singer, sometimes songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Dimash Qudaibergen, who already has a huge following in China and Russia. His first album in China hit platinum status in the first 37 seconds and triple platinum in the first hour. He’s been winning musical competitions since a very young age. He sings in 12 languages. He combines classical, pop and folk music styles. Sadly, his popularity in the wrong countries is likely a reason he’s not become a household name here.
Trust me, even if you aren’t all that keen about singers, just listen. And if you think you have time for only one song, try the last one, it might persuade you to go back to the earlier ones.
The first clip is from his most popular song, S.O.S d’un terrien en détress. The segment below has a few more audience reaction shots than I would prefer, but this performance also has less in way of distracting Las Vegas backgrounds than some others, and it also has the lyrics. If you’d like to watch him sing with the lyrics in English and Spanish, go here. From a pure performance perspective, I think his recent rendition, on the occasion of Biden’s inauguration, is the best vocally, perhaps simply by not having crowd sounds you get in a live performance:
In Opera 2 below, the song is playful and Dimash owns the crowd (“Think I can’t top that? Just listen”):
This last one, Unforgettable Day, is a bit leisurely, ballad-like, in the run up to Dimash pulling out all the stops. You must listen to what he does at 4:39. And don’t cheat. Don’t start earlier than 3:45 if you are impatient.
Many many many reactions by vocal coaches on YouTube. This one gives the best explanation I have found so far.
I hate crowds with the passion of a thousand burning suns, but Dimash is on the extremely short list of performers that I’d like to see in concert.