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Uzbekistan Bans Meaningless Songs That “Don’t Praise The Motherland”

Sunday, June 23, 2013 13:31
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In a statement on its website, Uzbekistan’s Culture and Sports Ministry has announced a ban on “meaningless” songs that fail to “praise the motherland.”

In a rather insensitively worded ruling, the music of pop groups Mango and Ummon and singers Dilfuza Rahimova, Otabek Mutalhojaev, and Dilshod Rakhmonov were condemned as being “meaningless from musical and lyrical standpoints.” (Ouch!)

They were stripped of their performing licenses, which are issued by an agency within the ministry, Uzbeknavo, and which are needed in order to perform in public in Uzbekistan.

Says the ministry:

“Their songs do not conform to our nation’s cultural traditions, they contradict our moral heritage and mentality. We should not forget about our duty to praise our motherland, our people, and their happiness.”

Seven other performers were issued “harsh warnings” and given a deadline of July 1 to eliminate what the ministry euphemistically calls their “creative shortcomings.”

Of course, the daughter of Uzbek President Islam Karimov- Gulnara Karimova (aka Googoosha)- is not subject to that ban.  Here’s her latest music video- “How Dare”, which definitely does not comply with the nation’s cultural traditions, whatever those happen to be. Note that the clothing and jewelry are Gulnara’s designs. The jack-of-all-trades also happens to be an economist and diplomat.


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  • Anonamoos in the hoose

    Could they do this for western POP music, Please !!! :lol:

    • Confessions of a Closet Republican

      Ha. Was thinking the same thing.

  • DanielVincentKelley

    I think we have found the solution to pop-music.

  • DanielVincentKelley

    This article should be titled something like, Uzbek President Brokers Political Deal to Monopolize Daughter’s “Music” Career…
    You’ll have to watch the music video linked above to see what I mean by “music”.
    Gee. With their national identity being so musically inclined… I wonder what’s to explain the horror that is the Uzbek Prez’s daughter’s musical inclination…

  • DanielVincentKelley

    Gee whiz. You know what, MAYBE, Uzbek music hasn’t developed to being audibly tolerable, because the Uzbek government are fricken fascists and they hamstring musicians out of fear that some popular movement of protest music might rise up and bust a hippy peace move on their corporate fascist faces. Maybe.

  • Radiance

    I don’t think this is going to work the way the propaganda minister thinks it will. I’ll bet you Uzbekistan becomes a target for a whole bunch of songs…

  • Confessions of a Closet Republican

    Gulnara has her hands in everything, and is the most hated person in Uzbekistan.

  • Rico Millan

    Uzbekistan needs some Megadeth!

  • crabby

    songs about how they have superior sulfur.. no other country has sulfur as good as theirs .. good songs..

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