Jazz was imported shortly after the revolution. Communist authorities originally saw it as a positive, modernizing influence. Although later banned as bourgeois, jazz remained widely popular especially among Soviet intellectuals. Today, jazz is perhaps more popular in the former USSR than it is in America, with many modern pop and rock artists being directly and obviously influenced by it.

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Saltanat Ashirova / Салтанат Аширова

Saltanat Ashirova (Салтанат Аширова) is a Kyrgyz rock and pop singer known for her “crystal voice,” according to New Faces (Новые лица). She sings mostly in Russian. In addition to her solo career, she is known for her membership in the now-broken-up band Eles and in her new project, The M.A.P. She sings and plays […]

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