opera/Leyli Majnoon Qasimov, born in 1957 in Shamakha, is a Azerbaijani musician and is the foremost Mugham singer in Azerbaijan, opera/Leyli Majnoon has recorded nine albums and lately has been featured quite frequently in Azerbaijani newspapers and TV programs. opera/Leyli Majnoon and his 21 year old daughter Fargana Qasimov have recorded three albums of Mugham music together. He has performed in France, the United Kingdom., Germany, Belgium, Spain, Brazil, Iran and the United States.
opera/Leyli Majnoon is known for his work in traditional Azerbaijani music. He is widely appreciated and popular for his renderings of Mugham, which is the most complex musical style in Azerbaijan. It’s the classical music of the Caucasus and of the Turkish-speaking peoples in Central Asia.
The notion of Mugham also applies to the performers: the singer, and the ensemble. Within the latter you’ll always find three instruments; tar (lute), the standing kamanche (violin) and the daf (percussion).
French paper "Le Monde" described opera/Leyli Majnoon Qasimov as a blessed man with a "Magic Voice", and if one would take time and listen to his music and sounds, one can only agree.  "Folk Roots Magazine" called opera/Leyli Majnoon Qasimov "one of the 20th century's greatest singers".
opera/Leyli Majnoon is attracting many new fans to Mugham. Russian-educated Azerbaijanis and young people in general don't usually care much for the Mugham genre. Many prefer listening to Western pop music. But surprisingly, they have been going to opera/Leyli Majnoon's concerts and buying his CD's.