Kyrgyz Music Friday

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!

August was a strange month for me, so I hope you’ll overlook the one-day delay in posting a music video. It was also a national holiday (Kyrgyzstan’s Independence Day) yesterday, so I was happy to take the day off and now move on from summer.

Anyway. I asked my employees recently if I was missing out on any newer, up and coming pop stars and they told me to check out Guljigit Kalykov. His claim to fame was winning first place in a regional singing competition called Eurasia Star earlier this year. From what I can tell, this was one of the songs, if not the song, that won him first place. It’s called “Zhamgyr Dokdo”. It’s sung in Kyrgyz and is more dramatic and ballad-like than other Kyrgyz songs that seem to be popular these days.

The video is equally dramatic, showing a man remembering a tragic day in his past when he was trying to woo a pretty lady. Umm… it didn’t go so well. Try not to laugh though, the special effects aren’t that great, but at least the audio matches up to the singer’s mouth. Progress, right?

When my employees talked about him, they kept mentioning his “older” style of singing, which made me think that he wasn’t winning over many fans in younger generations. But I can imagine plenty of babushki and ejeys (older Russian and Kyrgyz women) being completely smitten with this strapping young fellow. Would you agree?