The famous Gurminj museum in Dushanbe held two jam sessions on 19 and 25 January 2013. On the first of them met each other folk and spiritual musicians from Badakhshan (“Samo” band) and Dushanbe musicians of different genres of alternative and foreign amateur musicians residing in Tajikistan. Traditional melodies and rhythms of Badakhshan were the basis for the cultural exchange.
The second jam was devoted to the blues jam improvisations. This jam connected musicians from Tajikistan (Dushanbe and Badakhshan), and Switzerland, playing ethno-rock and jazz. Both events were organized with help of interns of Bactria Cultural Center. These jam sessions will also be organized in April and June of this year.
Tashkent again hosted the rock festival IlkhomRockFest. For 6 years, the festival continues to be the only place in Uzbekistan, where the musicians are free to express their wildest creative ideas, to create multimedia shows, combining music, theater, light, video and dance.
February 8 show “New Universe” was performed by young Uzbek indie-rock band “Double You”.
With this concert we wanted to give our answers to the questions “What fascinates us in starry sky? Who we are in this infinite silence of these spaces?”. Each of us is part of the universe, but a reflection of the universe – it is our feelings. All of us – a reflection of each other – told us Double You guitar player Arsen Kurtametov.
We present the photo report from this show. If you want to listen songs and watch videos of «Double You», please, use this links:
Photos by Alex Tudakov
On January 19, in Moscow anti-fascists will start demonstration in memory of community activists – lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova. The main slogan of the action – “For freedom against fascism” and “Moscow – anti-fascist town!”. Demostration will be organized by the anti-fascist group called the “Committee of 19 January.”
This year the “Committee of 19 January” has prepared stickers using more than 10 languages of the former Soviet Union with the main slogan of the action – “For Freedom! Against fascism.” Stickers are in Armenian, Belarusian, Georgian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Moldovan, Russian, Tajik, Uzbek, Ukrainian languages.
Activists were contacted with citizens of Central Asia, and provided them with an opportunity to express their solidarity. Different designers from CA countries prepared their stickers (with design and slogan in their native language). Stickers were printed out and circulated in Moscow. You can see in our gallery stickers in Kyrgyz, Tajik and Kazakh.
Lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova were murdered by the Russian neo-Nazis on January 19, 2009. Killer sentenced to long terms. It is murder – the most prominent one, but not the only one in a series of neo-Nazi crimes. Dozens, if not hundreds, of people (there are no exact statistics) – social activists, experts, workers – were killed by the Nazis in Russia over the last decade, according to the site 19jan.ru. Now January 19 is the unofficial day of the memory of all victims of fascists and nazis in Russia.
Editor’s note: Loki walked through the streets of Dushanbe, and made special report – watch, how people of Tajikistan celebrate New Year!
While whole world expected Apocalypse on December 21, Tashkent enjoyed rock’n'roll from the band “Origami Wings”. “IlkhomRockFest” gathered full house of the “Ilkhom” theater, and all the fears connected with so-called “doomsday” inevitably melted!
You can find more information about Uzbek band “Origami Wings” in their page on Facebook, where you can also watch a video of this concert.
Photos by Munira Alimukhamedova
Editor’s Note: С Новым Годом и Рождеством Христовым (немного раньше, я знаю)! It’s that time again, when we present our seasonal classic post about a certain cultural icon… Originally published in 2010, our post on Ded Moroz is one of NewEurasia’s most read posts. So, why break with tradition? ;-)
Even though it’s still two weeks before the Orthodox Christmas; even though our readership is overwhelmingly Islamic; and even though I’m a Baha’i, nevertheless, I wish everyone a MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, there’s a very serious issue I would like to address today, and that is why the Slavic world’s Ded Moroz is more badass than the Western world’s Santa Claus. I mean, besides the fact that his name sounds like “Dead Morose” to my American ears, bringing to mind 80s Hair Metal and all the infinite, eternal glory that comes with it. But really, this is a very scientific argument I’m going to make. Let’s begin.
In the Republic of Karakalpakstan, which is part of the Republic of Uzbekistan since the collapse of the USSR, authorities are once again forcing child labor on the cotton fields. In this region of one of the worst ecological disaster in the world and bad economical crisis, child labor aggravates the state of the Karakalpaks.
Headed by Elena Urlaeva, the activists of the Human Rights Alliance of Uzbekistan reported that from September to December in the areas of Uzbekistan and Karakalpakstan there is continued use of child labor on the cotton fields. For example, in late October, activists saw elementary school students working on the fields of villages in Kashkadarya, and underage students working on the fields of many regions of Uzbekistan and Karakalpakstan. Many children are severely ill and exhausted by the long hours of hard labor; they are not provided with health care, adequate food, and accommodation. Children work in conditions of fear and oppression, which is reflected in their psyche. This Fall, fortunately, the use of children to gather the harvest cotton has lessened from previous years.
Recently I have visited the Obbo Winter Collection Fashion Show in Bishkek. Here’re the pictures from the Tengri-Style Event:
More screen captures from an anonymous citizen-journalist, aaaannnnd guess what? Yep, more Berdimuhammedov. Berdimuhammedov everywhere.
Editor’s Note: NewEurasia’s Annasoltan has come into the possession of screen captures of Turkmenistani state media that reveal the omnipresence of President Berdimuhammedov’s visage, from auditoriums to kindergartens.
Imagine if every poster on the wall, every advertisement on the side of a bus, hanging in the center of every wall in an office, and even overlooking little children playing in kindergarten, was the face of one man. An intrepid citizen-journalist in Turkmenistan has sent me really disturbing screen captures of state television that demonstrate just how pervasive the cult of personality surrounding our president, Berdimuhammedov, a.k.a., “Arkadag” (the protector/guide), has become. Even foreign companies from Russia and Kazakhstan feel obliged to hang portraits of the president in their kiosks during a recent international trade fair.