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Turkmenistan’s marital opiate of the masses?
Saturday, 30 Mar, 2013 – 1:17 | No Comment

Like the sun and the moon rising and setting over the Garagum çöli (Karakum desert), Turkmen life is characterized by cycles — and noontime is marked by the wedding. When a Turkmen man comes back …

Protected: An injection of Dr. Habermas’ medicine on the Turkmenet?
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Protected: An injection of Dr. Habermas’ medicine on the Turkmenet?

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You’re welcome in Turkmenistan, Prof. Habermas
Thursday, 14 Mar, 2013 – 16:08 | One Comment
You’re welcome in Turkmenistan, Prof. Habermas

NewEurasia’s Annasoltan has become somewhat well-known in media studies because of her work on Turkmenistan’s mediascape. I’ve been reading some of the things she’s written, like “State of Ambivalence: Turkmenistan in the Digital Age” (which …

Do we really need Turkmen singers in Eurovision?
Monday, 29 Oct, 2012 – 1:00 | No Comment

As I intimated in my last post, Turkmen music in general, and Pop in particular, is still very much at the imitation stage of development, as our singers “borrow” famous songs illegally, adapt them, then …

Turkmen pop’s masters and disciples
Tuesday, 23 Oct, 2012 – 1:00 | 2 Comments

In my last post, I wrote a bit about the scene for Turkmen Pop singers at the moment. Now I want to delve a bit more deeply into their professional conditions. It’s not great, even …

Adam Sandler should move to Turkmenistan
Friday, 19 Oct, 2012 – 1:00 | One Comment
Adam Sandler should move to Turkmenistan

NewEurasia’s Khan continues his coverage of the Turkmen contemporary music scene, this time focusing his lens upon Pop. The scene is still in its infancy, but its not doing badly for itself. And it helps that weddings are so popular in Turkmenistan…

An introduction to the Turkmen dutar, from Shukur Bagshy to P. Saryyev
Tuesday, 2 Oct, 2012 – 19:47 | 2 Comments
An introduction to the Turkmen dutar, from Shukur Bagshy to P. Saryyev

When the world thinks about the Turkmen, what comes to mind? Natural gas, carpets, and Akhal-Teke horses, and maybe most of all, the dutar. One can’t think of Turkmen art and culture without thinking about …

Turkmen on the turntables: the çyraçy vs. the aksakal
Monday, 3 Sep, 2012 – 1:00 | No Comment
Turkmen on the turntables: the çyraçy vs. the aksakal

In my last post, I talked about the political potential of Turkmen Hip Hop. What I meant by that wasn’t that the music is going to mobilize the young generation to rise up against their …

Turkmen on the turntables: let the masses be heard?
Wednesday, 29 Aug, 2012 – 20:29 | 3 Comments
Turkmen on the turntables: let the masses be heard?

NewEurasia’s Khan returns to talk more about Turkmenistan’s Hip Hop scene, and with a novel interpretation: with all the intense boredom of the Turkmen youth, could Hip Hop provide not only an emotional release, but a way for the government to get a sense of what the rising generation wants?

Turkmen on the turntables: a brief history of Turkmen Hip Hop
Friday, 20 Jul, 2012 – 17:20 | 4 Comments
Turkmen on the turntables: a brief history of Turkmen Hip Hop

To those haters who sayin’ Turkmenistan’s got nuttin’ goin’ on, NewEurasia’s Khan gotz a report for you: a history o’ the country’s Hip Hop scene. Damn straight.