Caribbean influence in Eurasian music came first through the strong cultural and political ties between Cuba and the USSR and from USSR’s geopolitical ambitions in Latin America in general. The music was seen in estrada productions, displayed as a “people’s” music from friendly countries under the USSR. Salsa, tango, mambo, and other music and dance styles were all officially supported. It was popular, and, in the 1990s, grew to include rastafari, reggae, and other more traditionally subversive forms as well. Today, while few Eurasian performers operate purely in Caribbean styles, there are many that show strong influence from these genres.

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5’nizza (pronounced “Pyatnitsa,” Russian for “Friday”) is a Russian duet who plays across the genres of hip-hop, reggae, and funk. Originally from Kharkiv, 5’nizza existed from 2000 until 2007 and then, after a long hiatus, re-formed in 2015. They have played shows around Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, and the United States. 5’nizza consists of Sergei Babkin […]

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