Thursday, February 28, 2008

The 69th flag - Қазақстан

Welcome to today's visitor from Kazakhstan. This brings us to sixty-nine flags since I began tracking.

The alert reader of this blog will recall seeing Kazakhstan at the top of the south central Asia map on Monday. "Ranked as the ninth largest country in the world as well as the world's largest landlocked country, it has a territory of 2,727,300 km² (greater than Western Europe)." [Wikipedia] It is believed that horses were first domesticated there. Almaty, the largest city, is the old Soviet capital but Kazakhstan has a new capital since independence: Astana (pictured in the graphic above).

An old Kazakh song, Ne Payda - Не Пайда, peformed in a duet (enjoy the eyebrow action):

And another performance by Roza Rembaeva, a famous Kazakh singer:

And finally, a slide show of the old and new capital cities with a rap Kazakh version of "I'll be watching you." (And why not?)

--the BB


FranIAm said...

Nice- very nice!

Grandmère Mimi said...

Kazakstan will forever be associated with Borat in my mind. I can't help it.

Paul said...

In looking for videos on YouTube I saw what was labeled as a commercial one produced to counter the image from Borat. Although I have purchased a cheap used copy of Borat, I still have not watched it, so I can say that I am above the fray or outside the loop or some such cheesy disclaimer.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for post about Qazaqstan!

Paul said...

You are very welcome. Thank you for visiting here. I am just beginning to learn Russian and know no Kazakh, so I am afraid I cannot read your blog. I wish I could.

Best wishes!

Do svidanya!