Classic

These are artists playing in older styles. The bards, for instance, are singer-songwriters originally heavily associated with Soviet-era counter-culture. Shanson is best known as a sort of soundtrack to prison culture and the darkest parts of life. Estrada, is genre of classic performative popular music developed under the USSR and still in use today. Jazz, imported from the US, has long held a special place in the hearts of many from the former USSR and has had wide creative influence there. Blues, also from the US, came much later to the former USSR but has had a sizeable influence on local rock. Of all these styles, however, folk influences retain the deepest roots and produce the most wide-ranging effects in contemporary music.

Languages: Search for classic or classic-influenced music performed in Uzbek, Kyrgyz, or Tatar, or in Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, or Belarusian, or in Baltic, Caucasian, or Other languages.

The Dombyra: The Kazakh’s Musical Soul

The dombyra (домбыра) is a lute-style instrument. It is an ancient and quintessential piece of Kazakh culture and identity. In its most popular form, the dombyra has two-strings strung down a long, skinny neck and a pear-shaped body, flat at the front and rounded on the backside. The standard English spelling of dombra is taken […]

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