The Beatles Song Festival In Kazakhstan
Aug 19. Bernama. ALMATY
50 years have passed but songs by the Beatles are still popular worldwide and on Aug 30 the people of Kazakhstan will get to hear some of the band’s popular hits like “Yesterday”, “Let it be”, “Michelle” peformed by Kazakh singers, actors and politicians at a “Beatles” performance here.
Kazakhstan’s Khabar news agency reported that the performers will belt out more than 30 hits of the legendary band at the “Astana” square.
According to the organisers, this year’s performacne was dedicated to the band’s 50th anniversary and John Lennon’s 70th anniversary
The singers include Nurlan Abdullin, Tolkyn Zabirova, Gani Kasymov, Mels Yeleusizov, and the bands – “Zhetygen”, “Fridays” and “Newts.”
The organisers said that the “Tabigat” environmental union and the United Kingdom ambassador to Kazakhstan David Moran will join them as well.
The Union is also planning to create a John Lennon alley in Almaty and promised that the festival will gain international recognition and be held on an annual basis.
Khabar said that Beatlemania came to Kazakhstan in the late 60s. People could hear the Beatles’ hits playing everywhere and vinyl records with their songs were top sellers. A monument to the Beatleswas was established at Kok-Tobe in 2007.
Aidar Bekbosynov, the festival organiser, said that “1,000 years will pass and everyone will still know and love the Beatles as their songs are very simple.”
He said that practically all the band members did not have musical education but they still wrote such great songs.
“I invite everybody here to sing, dance, sing along and feel pretty much like our elder brothers did in the Beatles era,” he said.