Uzbekistan: Rock and rap music denounced as ‘evil’



Rock and rap music denounced as ‘evil’

Uzbekistan’s state television issued an unequivocal denunciation of rock and rap music as a Western liberal excess, saying the music was epitomized by sadism, drug addiction and immorality, reported Agence France-Presse (AFP) on 21 February 2011.

AFP reported that a tv documentary made in the style of a Soviet propaganda film said that “rock music originated from African hunting rituals”, that “rap was originated by inmates in prisons – that’s why rap singers wear wide and long trousers,” and that “This satanic music was created by evil forces to bring youth in Western countries to total moral degradation.”

“Be aware of the satanic effects of this evil music,” the narrator warned in the tv programme which was entitled ‘Melody and Calamity’, and aired on Uzbek TV’s second channel.

Davron Goipov, an award-winning Uzbek musician who has been playing rock music since the 1980s, obviously disagrees with the tv programme’s portrayal of the musical form, which he says has roots that extend to traditional local music:

“To say this is satanic music is simply not true. If we look at rock ‘n’ roll music, we can hear rhythms familiar from Central Asia. If you listen to [former Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie] Blackmore, you can hear our [Central Asian] rhythms.”

90 percent of the 28 million inhabitants of Uzbekistan are Muslim.

Davron Goipov

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Other sources

Radio Free Europe – 7 March 2011:
‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Is Dead (Wrong) In Uzbekistan’

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