Kyrgyz Music Friday is a weekly feature in which I post a pop music video from an artist in Kyrgyzstan. It could be catchy, annoying, funny, insightful, brilliant, awful, or anything in between. It’s what’s playing on the radio, what all the cool kids are listening to these days. Kyrgyz Music Friday is not trying to appeal to your musical taste (which I’m sure is awesome), but simply gives you a glimpse into how pop music is done on this side of the world. Feel free to share your thoughts on this week’s video in the comment section!
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This week is “Kyrgyzstanim” (it means “Kyrgyzstan” in Kyrgyz) by Omar, who might just be my favorite heartthrob singer in Kyrgyzstan. I have been lucky enough to see him not once, but twice live (once at an outdoor concert on Nouruz). From personal experience, I can tell you that he does make the ladies swoon. (Or maybe it was just me, I’m a total fan)
“Kyrgyzstanim” is, as you could probably guess, Omar’s anthem to everything that’s wonderful about Kyrgyzstan. The video includes everything a Kyrgyz person would be proud to brag about. Stunning mountain landscapes? Romantic sunsets over a glistening Issyk Kul? Unrivaled horsemanship? Globally recognized wrestling skills? Eagle hunting? (Oh, those city shots at the beginning of the video are most definitely not from Kyrgyzstan, womp womp)
By the end of the video, it’s all too much awesomeness for Omar to handle, as he drops to his knees on a mountaintop, waving a Kyrgyz flag.
As for the song, it’s sung in Kyrgyz, so I’m not sure what exactly the lyrics are. As a former teeny bopper, the riffs and hooks are definitely familiar to me and easily get caught in my head. I could do without the hair metal guitar solo in the middle, but, as I’m discovering through my research, it’s unfortunately a mainstay in pop music here.
What do you think, have a lit a spark of love and admiration in your hearts for Omar? Or could you not even make it through the whole video?