Raushan Orazbaeva was born in 1973 into a musical family in Kzyltu, Southeast kazakhstan. She was born into a clan related to a famous sufi Sunak, who came to Kazakhstan from Egypt. Her mother's grandmother was a baksy. Raushan started to learn kyl-kobyz when she was nine, and in 1983 entered Akmet Zhubanov School in Almaty. From 1991 she studied at the Almaty Kurmangazy Conservatory, the main institution for the kazakh traditional music, from which she graduated in 1996.