MFFTS has moved

December 23rd, 2006 at 12:22 am (Downloads, Music Compilation, Uyghur)


Looking for Music Furthest from the Sea compilation of Uyghur pop music?

It’s moved! You can now find it and many other Xinjiang related items on my ROGC site:



  1. David Longey said,

    December 23, 2006 at 2:00 am

    Hi Fausto-
    Wow, 2006 has been a busy year for you- I’m very excited to hear what treasures you’ve got in your bag! Downloading now.
    Thanks for everything you do- your talents for channeling such a diverse world of sounds into our ears is everlastingly appreciated-!

  2. J Lesser said,

    December 23, 2006 at 2:36 am

    Currently rocking hard – thanks #1.

    Happy and Merry!

  3. Ninah Pixie said,

    December 23, 2006 at 5:36 am

    Hey there Fausto!!!

    This project is blowing my mind apart. You and your talents and ever-loving huge heart. This is so great to finally see what you’ve been experiencing and how much work you’re doing there. Thanks for sharing all of this with us.
    Take good care of yourself out there and we look forward to your next “transmission”– happy end-of-the-year, too and continued success and good health.

  4. Mom and Dad said,

    December 23, 2006 at 8:23 am

    Great work, Son! We’ll share it with all the family and friends at our annual get together. You’ll be missed very much…but you’ll be there in spirit, too. Merry Christmas and God bless you and bestow all His great love and keep you throught the new year and always. All our love,
    Mom, Dad and Erika (and Rocky, too).

  5. lance said,

    December 23, 2006 at 1:22 pm

    hurumph and bah-humbug! I get a corrupt message each time i try to open it. why don’t you like me? i’ve tried downloading it several times and it never works.

  6. Fausto said,

    December 23, 2006 at 1:41 pm

    hmm – is anyone else having problems downloading and unzipping ? i admit, my upload to the server from here was very slow and may have corrupted the file in the process, i can’t tell.
    If you have problems, I just added links to a mirror of the same file on a different server that seemed to upload quite a bit more smoothly. just look in the original post above and let me know if it works!

    to save you from scrolling, just try it:

  7. lance said,

    December 23, 2006 at 3:40 pm

    for anyone having problems, I just said to our dear fausto:

    “now THAT worked perfectly! thank you! thank you you! thank you! since its late here, it will be my soundtrack for tomorrow. ”

    cheers all.

  8. Eric Boros said,

    December 24, 2006 at 1:14 am

    Rasjilukim is the best tune I’ve heard in 2006. Do you have more by this guy?
    And thanks!

  9. Fausto said,

    December 24, 2006 at 1:32 am

    yeah – that’s Abdurehiim Heyit – the most smokin dutar player around! – (thats the long-necked 2 string Uyghur lute, for those that don’t know). Amazingly, he lives in the same compound that I do here in Urumqi, just a building and a half down. I see him all the time. There’s a newer CD he just released that I’ve heard playing about. I need to pick that up and include some in the next round.
    I did post a video track off the VCD that the track above is from on YouTube – you can see him doing his thing there. He really does slay. link below:
    Abdurehim Heyit

  10. univac said,

    December 24, 2006 at 7:17 am

    Yay! Communications from the remote broadcast site! We had thought you’d been taken by unfriendly forces and dropped into a stinking pit of yak’s piss (fermented).
    Glad to hear from you Mr. Fausto!!
    I am unzipping as we speak (the file, not the pants) and am preparing for a journey into the Uyghur Pop Planet!
    Alley, Fin, Ash, and I are well. We hope to hear more from you soon.
    And, a regular comp would be a great idea!!
    Be well.

  11. alexis said,

    December 24, 2006 at 6:27 pm

    holy smokes fausty,
    i am downloading now, hopefully eventless in the unzipping and zipping.

  12. alexis said,

    December 25, 2006 at 5:31 pm

    Dear Dr Nightcap,
    I have unzipped and unzipped and unzipped, and I just cant seem to find it! How can something so BIG be so hard to find? Help!
    embarrased and distressed

  13. Fausto (aka Dr. Nightcap) said,

    December 25, 2006 at 11:47 pm

    dear Ms. embarrassed and distressed -
    - hmmm- so let me get this straight, your download goes fine, and you decompress without any errors, but you can’t find the files?
    try searching your harddrive for the folder called:

    if that doesn’t work, did you try using the alternate link posted above? (look at the #7 comment, or in the orignal post)

    is anyone else still having trouble?

  14. Katyana said,

    December 26, 2006 at 4:13 pm

    Here is a toast to the upcoming New Year, Fausto!

    Sending you wishes for health, new adventures, love and every happiness in 2007.

    [Hi everybody! What a great crew leaving comments!]


  15. Katyana said,

    December 28, 2006 at 12:05 am

    From your desert to mine, Music Furthest from the Sea, streams out of the kitchen onto the patio sifting through cacti, cycads and palms. Accompanies bright clementines from these trees, steaming spiced nut moloko and bowls of ginger cardamom morning rice. Yurrekke Tolghan Dert transforms my dust and sands into your ice crystals and street vendors.

    Thank you for this beautiful collection. [I see our pixie friend swirling and flowing to this soundtrack, don't you?] You are kind to share the sights and sounds of your world with us. Many thanks, Fausto.


  16. Fausto said,

    December 28, 2006 at 11:08 am

    hey all – the earthquake in Taiwan has chopped up many of the underwater internet cables that link mainland China to much of the world it seems – so as it is, I can’t use email or much internet right now – even way the heck out here in Xinjiang! I just can’t access my US based mail server with more than a 6 bytes an hour connection. If this comment submission works, I’ll be lucky. I think late night is more likely to work, as there’s less traffic.
    just sayin…if you haven’t heard back from me in the last 2 days, that’s the reason.

  17. Vincent said,

    January 23, 2007 at 1:27 pm

    Dear Fausto,

    I love what you’re doing here, I would love to see more (say, a series =D), and I have a request that you continue doing this great work, so I am leaving a comment.

    I’ve plugged your awesome blog into my feedread and look forward to some more great Uyghur goodness.


  18. davesgonechina said,

    January 25, 2007 at 6:40 pm

    Hey Fausto,

    For all of us within China, any chance you can upload it to a server in China so we don’t have to use the broken cable?

  19. Fausto said,

    January 26, 2007 at 1:03 pm

    that’d be great – i agree!
    got any suggestions of where i can mirror within the PRC?

  20. Lawrence said,

    January 27, 2007 at 3:44 pm

    Why not make a torrent of it? bittorrent is perfect for this kind of stuff.

    If thats not possible, and you need a mirror, let me know, I can throw it on one of my servers in Shanghai.

    Lawrence /

  21. The Conjecturer » I Want Those Sunglasses, Too said,

    January 28, 2007 at 11:08 pm

    [...] If you like listening to foreign music, as I do, then this compilation of Uyghur music, Music Furthest from the Sea, put together by Fausto from the Shirley and Spinoza radio stream, is a must. Via the excellent Opposite End of China blog. [...]

  22. Fausto said,

    January 29, 2007 at 2:12 pm

    alrighty China based downloaders: you may NOW download the file from a Shanghai based mirror.
    Thanks to Lawrence Sheed at for the help!

    the link has been added to the original post.

  23. Rayhan said,

    January 30, 2007 at 11:57 am

    I just went to the site but could not find the link to download this file. Can you be more specific (I live in China). Thanks.

  24. Fausto said,

    January 30, 2007 at 12:31 pm

    Rayhan -
    Sorry if that ws confusing. You don’t have to go to the computersolutions website (unless you’re interested in their services of course), I was just giving ‘thankyou’ credit.
    You should use the link I’ve added up in the post. The one that says “If you’re in China….” etc.

  25. Bir Uyghur said,

    January 31, 2007 at 1:32 am

    Thnaks very much for the collection.

  26. Nick said,

    January 31, 2007 at 4:31 am

    Fausto, thanks for these magnificent mixes. Your mention of the popularity of Uzbek artists in Xinjiang brings to mind an Uyghur joke:

    ‘When you speak Uyghur badly, you are speaking Uzbek.’

  27. Another Uyghur said,

    February 1, 2007 at 3:59 am

    Great job! thank you very much…

  28. Zhongtang said,

    February 3, 2007 at 12:02 pm

    Fausto, this is excellent music. I especially enjoy the King of Dutar video. We’re lucky to have an authentic Uyghur restaurant in the Montreal Chinatown, however it doesn’t seem much popular yet.

    I hope you enjoy life in Xinjiang.

  29. tuhafiye said,

    February 7, 2007 at 4:31 am

    Dear Fausto,

    thanks a lot for putting the music up. Do you also have the lyrics in Uyghur Arabic script or in transcript? That would come in handy for a class in Turkic studies we’re doing here in Berlin.

  30. Fausto said,

    February 7, 2007 at 10:41 am

    unfortunately, I don’t have lyrics. Tracks were extracted from VCD music videos and they generally have little or next to no information included in the disc packaging except, artist, track name and production credits… BUT if anyone out there has or can translate any of these songs, i’ll post here.

  31. chon_dada said,

    February 7, 2007 at 3:13 pm

    Essalamu eleykum, Fausto, ehvallar qandaq? :)

    I am still waiting for full versions of “Shirley & Spinoza” or like that? :)


    Thanks for new things, downloading.

  32. Kelvin said,

    February 11, 2007 at 8:03 pm

    Excellent post and thanks again for delivering the goods!

    Is it me or does Shahrizoda’s production seem somewhat slicker than the rest? Looks like an Uzbek group has found and capitalized on a niche following in Xinjiang?

    Anxiously awaiting the second installment.

  33. Miguel said,

    February 11, 2007 at 10:52 pm

    PLEASE MORE >>>>

    fantastic Music … doesn’t sound so far away from the sea … Let thousand Camels blossom as someone said before … or was ist about music … flowers … pachanga … we’ll never know … but one thing for sure … the world ain’t that big … but then again not that small either… keep on trucking… I mean where is VOl. 2 …????

    THANKS >>>>>

  34. Nyura said,

    February 24, 2007 at 9:07 am

    Am enjoying the collection but wow — it sounds a whole lot more like North Africa than anything I’ve heard yet from neighbor to the west (Kazakhstan), or Mongolia, or the rest of China. Who knew?

  35. John said,

    February 25, 2007 at 6:41 am

    Belatedly, thank you for tickling the ipod from afar.

    from bottom

  36. Uyghur said,

    March 23, 2007 at 9:10 am

    Hi Fausto,

    You’ve a great eye for seeing the real life of the locals(the Uyghurs). Your pictures and the video are the great examples of the Uyghur people in this”Modern” China. It is too sad that the Uyghurs are living in a very situation.

    I really appreciated you shooting the real life situation of the Uyghur people. Thank you. Any plans of playing the vidoes in a local media in the US?


  37. Andy said,

    March 23, 2007 at 9:38 am


    PLEASE consider a torrent for us dialup users who can’t download such a large file all at once…


  38. Aliyah Banu said,

    March 23, 2007 at 12:26 pm

    love the music, keep it coming,

    ;- )

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  40. Chris said,

    March 23, 2007 at 11:58 pm

    Thank you for your efforts in making this compilation. An extraordinary patchwork of sounds and cultural motifs from around the world.

  41. LifeParticles » Blog Archive » Sorry no sea shanties said,

    March 24, 2007 at 11:52 am

    [...] Uyghur goes pop! Fully downloadable album (with samples to try before you don’t have to buy) of pop music from Xinjiang, aka East Turkestan, home to the Uyghur. Powered by Gregarious (34) [...]

  42. jd said,

    April 7, 2007 at 1:56 pm

    Xinjiang restaurants seem to be all the rage here in Beijing these days, and many of them play similar music, sometimes with dancing. Thanks for putting this together – tons of great sounds.

    But as an over-organized person who likes to keep these things clean and give credit where it’s due, what are the names of the artists for tracks 1, 10 and 13? You didn’t tag the mp3 files.

    (Don’t know if you’ll be able to get to my blog – seems to be blocked to surfers in the PRC these days, unless you have ways of circumventing that.)

  43. Fausto said,

    April 13, 2007 at 11:36 am

    jd, thanks for the comment!
    agreed on giving credit, but as far as tracks 1,10 & 13 and artist tags…they came off of compilation discs that I found here where more often than not, you get a bunch of uncredited performers on every other track. the discs often come packaged under the more ‘marketable’ artist it seems….and no where on the disc itself can you find credit or reference aside from a title for some of the tracks. so apologies for that.

  44. jd said,

    April 14, 2007 at 6:44 am

    Fair enough on the tags – I know how it goes. I’ll just call them “Unknown Uyghur Artist”. I’ve been passing the files around at my office, and everyone seems to enjoy the tunes.

    I’m hoping sometime during my stint in China I’ll get a chance to visit the far west.

  45. mags said,

    April 23, 2007 at 2:34 am

    thank you so much for the music!
    yes i would definately like to hear more!
    about 2 years ago i bought a chinese vcd with Uighur dancing on and fell in love with the music and dance.
    i now teach a style of uighur dancing to my bellydance class. i really wish i could visit and buy the real deal and see the dancers in person.
    good luck and take care

  46. ablat said,

    April 24, 2007 at 2:09 am

    thank for putting these beautiful musics on this

  47. Some unknown Uyghur said,

    April 27, 2007 at 9:06 pm

    Thanks for the music. But I am unfortunetely uninterested in such kind of Uyghur music. I like Uyghur saz (instrumental music) played with such musical instruments as ravap, dutar or tambur. I would be thankful if you told me where on the internet could I download such music. Perhaps the reason I started liking such music is that about two month ago I began to play on tambur. It would be helpful for me to hear more of it. Thanks anyway. I liked the instrumental piece played on surney, uch pede on ravap, and of course the song played on dutar.

  48. Diego said,

    May 22, 2007 at 4:03 am

    please…post a whole shahrizoda cd… we love them. (we=lots of people)

  49. Jlo said,

    May 27, 2007 at 12:08 am

    Great cd
    I am listening to it for months.

    Is there coming a volume 2? I can’t wait


  50. kekw said,

    June 8, 2007 at 4:00 am


  51. Jonathan Stanley said,

    June 14, 2007 at 7:19 am

    Yes… where’s volume 2? :D Incidentally, the Shahrizoda is mislabelled, it is definitely not “Gozal Ertak” but rather “Guloyim (Atush)”. :)

  52. Katyana said,

    July 5, 2007 at 11:46 pm

    Hey Fausto, is it cool to promote this now? Here’s hoping we hear some semi-annual news from you on this blog! Cheers from one desert to another!

  53. BlammoGer said,

    July 6, 2007 at 7:17 pm

    Every once in a while I stumble across something special (and free) in the web like this site.
    Thanks for the great compilation.
    Nice cover art too!!! I have to get one of those sunglases!
    Are you still in Urumqi? How about a new post?

    Greetings and Kudos,

  54. Alyssa said,

    July 20, 2007 at 12:50 pm

    Hey Fausto,

    Just a quick note…. more soon…I miss you! Please send your address I want to send you something.

  55. Shafkat said,

    September 10, 2007 at 10:30 am

    thanx….i am uyghur and i haven’t listen to the newer versions of Uyghur songs for last 5 years………..thanx for the collection and hope you visit back again….oh, i live in ameria by the way…

  56. Amina said,

    October 8, 2007 at 7:47 am

    Dear Fausto,

    I am Uyghur and I really appreciate the nice collection you put together–they are very Uyghur!!!

    I added a link to your site on my web page.
    Hope you don’t mind, let me know if you do.
    Also I want to take this chance to invite everybody here to go to my web page and enjoy the video pieces I gathered from Youtube.

  57. Alice said,

    November 17, 2007 at 8:21 pm

    Hey! I’m British, living in Yunnan. I saw some Uyghur music on TV a while back and really loved it, and have been looking for more since, without much luck, then I came across your site right at the top of a google search I did. Thank you so much for uploading this!

  58. Alex said,

    November 27, 2007 at 4:56 pm

    Hello Fausto

    Thank you very much for your CD, very nice emotions…
    By the way, could you help me finding out the titles, I’ve been searching since very longtime for, of the uyghurian songs Track 03 and Track 04 of my blog:

    Thanks a lot!
    You can download them if you’d like as well.



  59. Alex said,

    November 29, 2007 at 12:21 am

    Thank you for your answer Fausto, if anyone who listened to this myspace could personally send me some tracks in the same style as the present songs (Dilnaz – Ten Seher & Zhan Ana) it would be very respectful :) So that the rest of France gets to know the jewels of uyghurian music. Thank you.

  60. ww said,

    December 8, 2007 at 1:22 pm

    please…post a whole shahrizoda cd… we love them.

  61. miguel said,

    December 20, 2007 at 12:03 am

    can we hope for Vol. 2 ?

    it´s almost a year since Vol. 1

    we are desperate to hear more ….

    por favor !!!


  62. The Conjecturer » It’s That Crazy Winter Mix said,

    December 21, 2007 at 11:06 am

    [...] “Rasjilukim” by Abdurehim Heyit [BONUS TRACK] [...]

  63. faizan said,

    January 1, 2008 at 9:29 am

    nice songs, but i love da songs of those three girls. dnt knw thr name. can anyone tell whr i can download thr songs. plz

  64. Stephen said,

    January 28, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    Thanks so much for the music. I love world music, and it’s a great addition to my collection. It’s not often that you get good Uighur music in the west! I’m in agreement that you need to make a Volume 2 soon…