Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Popular music in Tajikistan and Estonia at cafebabel

The online magazine "cafebabel" featured a short article on the Tajik band "Shams". The article briefly discusses the band's history, style, market positioning and struggles to earn money emphasizing rampant music pirating. The article is a part of cafebabel's feature "The Chronicles of Homo Sovieticus" where I also found an interview from 2006 with the Estonian singer Vaïko Eplik. Eplik discusses his career, his fear of "selling out" and the Estonian recording business.

While both articles are superficial and popular, they do give a small glimpse into popular music in Tajikistan and Estonia - two underrepresented areas both in this blog and within the study of Post-Soviet popular music in general.

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