Friday, May 01, 2009

Baimurat Allaberiyev, Singer

This story made me smile over in Britain's Independent newspaper: Baimurat Allaberiyev doesn't look like a pop star. He's 38 years old, but looks well into his forties, and his creased, leathery face hints at a life of sadness and toil. For the past two years, the native of mountainous Tajikistan has lived near Kolomna, a provincial Russian town just outside Moscow, where he earns a paltry salary stacking boxes in a supermarket. Two of his front teeth are missing after Russian skinheads took a dislike to his Asiatic features earlier this year and attacked him, unprovoked, while he was sitting on a train.

But things are changing for Mr Allaberiyev, and the Tajik labourer is on the cusp of unlikely stardom, thanks to a bizarre course of events that is part Susan Boyle, part Slumdog Millionaire.

He's here too.
If searching youtube, you're looking for Таджик Джими .


Barbara said...

He's also missing the pinky finger of his left hand!!!

Di Mackey said...

Did he make you smile like he made me smile, Barbara? I hadn't noticed the pinkie ... I wonder if that was from the attack too.