Russia, Moscow, 25 October / Trend corr. R.Agayev/ Russian culture activists are mourning the untimely demise of People's Artist of the USSR, the world-famous singer Muslum Magomayev. Famous artist Nikas Safronov shared his impressions with Trend's Moscow-based correspondent.
"Muslum Magomayev was a genius of world scale, who can be safely placed in a number of world celebrities such as Edith Piaf, Yves Montand, Luciano Pavarotti. He was wonderful and always attractive, sonorous, unique and always recognizable person. In short, he has always been a hero of our time," said the artist.
His demise resulted in a huge "hole" in world culture and will remain irreversible. We left a cultural class, he said.
"Magomayev was my friend and comrade. My mother listened to him, and we all, a generation, listened to him, enjoying his songs, getting inspired by his creativity. All that he sang and did, he did best and no one across the Soviet Union could do that better then him," said Safronov.
"Ex-president of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev introduced me to Magomayev by a fluke. Since then we had to communicate frequently, as were neighbours," said the artist.
According to Safronov, Magomayev wonderfully painted, he possessed a magnificent talent of an artist.
"Anyone who was lucky to be friends with him, to have the honour to communicate with him, could confirm his uniqueness, talent and simplicity at the same time," Safronov said.
Muslum Magomayev, 67, died in the early morning of 25 October by stopping the heart. In recent years, he suffered heart failure. The ceremony of farewell to the outstanding musical figure will be held at the Variety Theatre in Moscow on 29 October. He will be buried in Moscow.
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