Urker showcase (Kazakhstan)
Urker is one of the most famous rock bands in Kazakhstan. It was formed in 1994, and in 2019 celebrated its 25 year anniversary with massive series of concerts. URKER were one of the first who raised the issue of reviving national cultural values in their music, and they are still one of the most favorite, respected and successful music projects in Kazakhstan.
URKER have been participants and winners of many competitions and festivals including “Voice Of Asia”, “Zhas Kanat”, the international pop music contest of the Turkic countries (Turkey), Silk Way Festival (Crimea), Cosmodrome (Novosibirsk), “Nashestviye”, EuroFolk, etc. The group not only performed at international festivals, but also appeared on BBC, Radio France Internacionale, Funkhouse Europe and Our Radio. Some songs of the group were published in the international collections in Germany, Italy and Russia.
URKER are awarded the title of laureate of the National music award in the category “Best band 2000”, “Golden disc” for best song of the decade – “Nauryz”, the European Champion of Eurofolk 2008. The group has toured around Kazakhstan, USA, UK, Hong Kong, Germany, Turkey, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan.
Main group members: Aidos Sagat — music, keyboards, vocals; Rustam Musin – guitar.