TEHRAN, July 18 (MNA) -- Winners of Iran’s Northwest Maqami Music Festival were announced on Wednesday in a closing ceremony held in the Fadak Art and Cultural Complex in Ardebil.

The festival was held in Ardebil on July 15 and 16. Singers from northwest Iran including Tabriz, Urumiyeh, Zanjan and Ardebil, as well as Azeri singers from Tehran, and several veteran musicians of Azerbaijan Republic took part in the event.

 

The ceremony began with a musical performance by the seven best participants and the winners were announced in the two categories of over and under the age 30.

 

In the under age 30 section, Ebrahim Gholami from East Azerbaijan won the first singer award and received the Master Ali Salimi Plaque.

 

Alireza Arjomandi from Ardebil won the second place award, and Bahman Basiri also from Ardebil took the third place award.

 

In the over 30 section, Ramin Ghaznavi from East Azerbaijan won the first singer award and received the Master Ali Salimi Plaque.

 

Qasem Vatankhah from East Azerbaijan won the second place award, and Qodrat Purhasan from Ardebil took the third place award.

 

The ceremony ended with a musical performance by Ardebili singer Vadud Mo’azzenzadeh.

 

Veteran musicians of Azerbaijan Republic Tofiq Baki Khanov and Ramiz Zohrabov also attended the festival.

 

The festival was organized by the Ardebil Art Bureau and aimed to revive and preserve traditional Azeri music.

 

The event was held in memory of master Ali Salimi (1922-1996) who was a resident of Ardebil. He had obtained degree 5 (the highest degree in the art of music) in composition from Azerbaijan Republic and was an official member of the prominent composers of Baku.

 

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