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!

It’s possible that a video doesn’t exist for this song yet, so for today’s Kyrgyz Music Friday I just have an audio file. I’ve noticed a pattern with Kyrgyz pop singers; what better way to burst onto Bishkek’s music scene than singing a song about Bishkek? I’ve tweeted before about how I could limit Kyrgyz Music Friday posts to songs that are specifically about Bishkek or Kyrgyzstan and never run out of weekly material. A few people responded that I’d never run out of daily material.

(I guess the same could be said in the states for songs about New York or Los Angeles.)

Today’s tribute to the Kyrgyz capital comes from a guy-girl duo called Kaganat (Каганат). I can’t find much information about them (their name translates as “khanate”, so Google searches were completely off-topic), but they seem like they could be fairly new.

The song? Thumping, seizure-inducing, club-electro-dance beats of the most obnoxious sort. Sometimes this kind of music is incredibly annoying, but sometimes, after you’ve had a particularly difficult week (battling with clients, missing the Mirbek concert, receiving yet another round of bulls*** news about my pregnancy from my local doctor), you just want to turn it up, dance away the stress and welcome the sweet sweet weekend.