• Tajikistan: Mandatory wedding music rule to counter religious music ban

    In the Tajik village of Chorkhuh, a conservative pocket of the predominantly Muslim country Tajikistan, wedding music has been frowned upon for years and frequently replaced with Islamic readings by mullahs. But that situation is about to come to an end, if the powers that be get their way, reported Radio Free Europe / Radio […]
  • Tajikistan: As Tajik rap gets political, authorities resort to bans and pressure

    The mayor of Dushanbe, Tajikistan banned rap and rock music from the capital’s buses, minibuses (marshrutkas), and taxis, suggesting that the genre was “alien to national and universal human values,” earlier this year. The initiative received the full backing from the country’s Minister of Education who stated that tunes which “do not conform to national […]
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