Grandmas in Azerbaijan find power through singing

Author: Mirbagir Ismayilov

The fourth daughter of a family that wanted a boy, she was named Gizbes, which means "no more girls". But Gizbes has not let her name define her. Today, at the age of 84, she leads an all-female folk music group that is using talent, courage, and perseverance to preserve the native music of Azerbaijan's Lankaran district. _______________________________________________________________________________________ Published with the support of COBERM, a joint initiative of the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of the organization Chai Khana and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of either the EU or UNDP.