The Rubin Sultan Memet
Sultan Memet (Uyghur dutar)
Sultan Memet was born in Ghulja, Xinjiang (China). He moved to Uzbekistan in 1962, and settled in Tashkent, where he studied at the Maqam College for Traditional Music. He formed the Maqam Ensemble at Tashkent's radio station where he worked for 25 years as the lead musician. After the fall of the Soviet Union, he toured internationally and eventually settled in Brooklyn, New York. Sultan Memet is one of the only professional Uyghur musicians living in the United States today.