Turkmen Musicians Thank the ‘Bashi

by Nathan Hamm on 8/24/2005 · 4 comments

RFE/RL has a follow-up on the decree banning recorded music in Turkmenistan.

Turkmen television reported that at a meeting yesterday, singers and composers thanked Niyazov for his parental care in “protecting the national principles of the Turkmen people in art and in culture and particularly in singing musical performances.”

A singer identified in the report as M. Bayramgeldiyev said that “it is impossible to express one’s deep love of the homeland, people and native land when there is a sound recording instead of live voice and live sound.”

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Peter August 25, 2005 at 5:50 am

In other news from Turkmenistan, a Dnepr РС-20 space rocket containing a Turkmen flag and a copy of the Rukhnama is being launched today from the Baikonur cosmodrome .
Slightly more details (in Russian) here;


AKKASH November 1, 2005 at 1:10 am


masoud turkmen February 13, 2006 at 8:14 am


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