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Instrumental Rap in Dushanbe

Written by on Thursday, 18 April 2013
Culture and History, Tajikistan

An instrumental rap concert took place in Dushanbe, in Manhattan club on April the 12th.  Usually I do not trust any rap event organized in Dushanbe for it is very often, and even more then often rap concerts are of low organizational level with bad sound.  But the list of the organizers on the concert poster that was advertising  the event  made me interested : famous Bactria Cultural Centre, UNESCO Fund for cultural preservation, web-portal Alternative Tajikistan. That list promised a high quality event.

I got ticket for the event for free. If I had to by the ticket I would doubt to go to the concerts or not, because the price was quite high for a rap concert in Dushanbe – 30 Tajik somoni (it is approximately 6,2 USD).  I think it is because of the price  there was little people  at the concert.

Actually the concert was not a  concert only, but a contest for a best rap singer. The prize for the winner was provided by one of the sponsors with the  representative Mr. Kirill Kuzmin – coordinator of the music activities of Bactria Cultural Centre. A cool studio microphone was  the prize for the winner.

The concert was organized on a good level,  that is quite surprising for Dushanbe. Even if sometime the sound engineer did not care for what is going on the stage, the sound was generally good.

Unfortunately I could not understand the most rest of the lyrics of the rap singers, because i do not   understand fast speech in Tajik, that is why I cannot  truly say what Tajik rap sings about.  There were couple of compositions in Russian language. I would say that I was happy with the content of some osngs in Russian. I was happy with the song by a local improviser Anton Rodin who sang song about the bad practice of musicians that are promoting light drugs.

Despite the fact that quite famous local rap singers  took part in the concert  the prize won  a young singer Roma. Good job Roma!

As I have already said I could not understand the most rest of the lyrics and that is why I asked a Tajik speaking fried on the meaning of some lyrics. The answer was “Love”. It is good that in one of the poorest countries  of CIS people can still sing about love.

I would like to thank the organizer of the concert Shon Kurbono, –  young music manage of the Bactria Cultural Centre music management fellowship program. This organizer is becoming a real guru of the events with alternative music in Dushanbe.

Love each other!


  Thanks for the fotos to the media fellows of the media fellowship of Bactria Cultural Centre

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  • rapstar92 says:

    I have never been to an instrumental rap concert but i would definitely love to go. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make this one. On a side note, I know I heard that song in a video game I just can’t think of the name. Great song.


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