Folk

Folk influences are particularly strong in most parts of the former USSR. Folk traditions were strong under tsarism, remained largely supported under Communism, and have remained an intricate part of national identity into the modern era. Many successful pop and rock bands maintain a distinctive and marketable sound by using elements of folk music. Particularly striking examples can be found in metal, punk, and dance music. Elements used can include cord patterns, vocal stylings, instrumentation, as well as costuming and stage presence. Pop folk is a genre that makes wholesale use of traditional songs and introduces pop, rock, or electronic influence.

Note that none of the bands below are wholly folk. If you are interested in more purely folk music, see the folk music section at our sister site, Folkways.today.

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

Mihran Tsarukyan / Միհրան Ծառուկյան

Mihran Tsarukyan (Միհրան Ծառուկյան) was born in Yerevan, Armenia in 1987. He is a well-known pop artist and actor. His Facebook page has nearly 40,000 followers and his official YouTube channel has just over 40,000 subscribers. Much of his fame comes from his roles as a main cast member on the show Hard Life (Դժվար […]

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