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!

To celebrate my return to Kyrgyzstan after three months in the US, here is Non-Stop and their song “Kyrgyzstanim” (Кыргызстаным). Featuring a guy/girl duo, this seems to be their version of the obligatory song about Kyrgyzstan or Bishkek that it seems like many pop stars release (see other examples from Omar and CeeTee/Oakland/Nurbek). Considering how bleak and overcast Bishkek has been since I got back, I enjoy the reminder that the city (eventually) transforms into a beautiful, green place that I’m a bit more excited to live in. The song itself is danceable and energetic, another decent way to beat the bad weather.

I’ve seen advertisements around town that Non-Stop will play a concert in Bishkek on Valentine’s Day. I don’t suppose there are any babysitters free that night? Am I barred from attending a pop concert now that I’m a mom?

Update! I just found this clip showing a backstage look at their upcoming video for “Kyzdar ai, baldar ai”. I already have many comments about the video and song based on this sneak peek, but hopefully it will be released soon and be featured on a future Kyrgyz Music Friday post. For now I’ll just point out (and DSLR nerds will know what I’m talking about) that the video was filmed with a Red camera, and I can’t wait to see how the final version looks!