Music of defiance published on CD
Some performers of the compilation album ‘Songs of Defiance’ have gone into protective self-exile. Even outside the borders of Chechnya, recording them is officially discouraged, as Michael Church, arrested for doing so, can testify
The first-ever CD of North Caucasus music, entitled ‘Songs of Defiance – Music of Chechnya and the North Caucasus’, was recorded and compiled by British music critic Michael Church who writes for The Independent in London. He has financed the project at his own expense.
In North Ossetia he was arrested while recording a community choir without a permission from authorities to do so, and in an article he wrote for the BBC Music Magazine he notes that if he had applied for such a permit in Moscow he surely would have been refused. The Putin regime does not welcome foreigners entering a region of Europe which they wish to keep under what Michael Church terms as “a political purdah.”
The CD is published and distributed by the label Topic Records which has existed in 67 years and published several famous folk music albums. The label states in a press release:
See below for the link to Michael Church’s article.
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