Otyken – Giving Voice to East Siberian Indigenous Culture

Otyken is an indigenous Siberian folk pop band that uses traditional instruments and sings in Khakas, Chulym, and Russian. The members of the group are Chulym Khakas, an indigenous population that lives in Eastern Siberia. The name “Otyken” originates from the Chulym language, and is the native name for their land, roughly translated into English […]

Madina Aknazarova / Мадина Акназарова

Madina Aknazarova (Мадина Акназарова) is a Tajik pop singer. She was born on 15 February, 1998 in St. Petersburg, Russia. She lived there with her aunt and her mother until she was in the ninth grade. She then moved to Dushanbe, Tajikistan in 2014 and attended a musical college there. She currently studies at the […]

Shabnam Surayo / Шабнам Сураё

Shabnam Surayo (Шабнам Сураё) is a famous Tajik singer. She has a strong following in Persian-speaking countries such as Afghanistan, Iran, and Tajikistan. She has performed in Russian and the Persian dialects of Dari and Tajik. Shabnam was born on 14 October, 1981 in Kulob, in the Tajik SSR. She is from a famous Tajik […]

Sofia Rotaru / Софiя Ротару

Sofia Rotaru (Софiя Ротару) is an enormously popular and influential Soviet, Ukrainian, and Romanian/Moldovan singer. Her career has lasted almost 50 years and is still going, and she has not only won most of the major music awards and lifetime achievement awards, but she is also a People’s Artist of both Ukraine and Moldova and a […]

Zdob și Zdub

Zdob și Zdub (English rendering: Zdob shi Zdub) is a Moldovan band that combines elements of hip-hop, hardcore punk, and Romanian folk music. Often referred to as ZSZ by fans, Zdob și Zdub is onomatopoeia for the sound of a drum beat. The group represented Moldova in the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest, finishing sixth, and […]