Azerbaijani music has been traveling. A concert was recently organized by the Azerbaijan Culture and Tourism Ministry. “Along the Silk Road with Music” was held at the beginning of last month at the Verona Arena Amphitheater. Many Azerbaijani music buffs were in attendance, including Beyler Eyyubov, Shahin Guliyev and Latifa Cabiyev.
This is not the first time Azerbaijan has received global acclaim for its talent in the music industry. Following its first performance in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008, a mere three years later, the country was voted as having the best song. This imbued a sense of national pride in Azerbaijan, simultaneously gaining it international recognition. A year later, in 2012, Azerbaijan hosted the song contest, bringing positive publicity to the region.
Bringing its music to Verona is a cultural gift for Azerbaijan. Verona – a city made famous by its rich culture – set the scene for William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. In attendance at the concert were top politicians, dignitaries, cultural figures, etc., from both Italy and Azerbaijan. Indeed, the event was described by Flavio Tosi, Verona’s Mayor as “a strong signal of expanding Azerbaijani-Italian relations and close cultural ties between the two nations.”
If music can bring the two countries and peoples closer together, it would definitely make individuals such as Beyler Eyyubov happy. And why not? Indeed, as Robert Browning once said: “He who hears music, feels his solitude peopled at once.”