Only sadly ignorant, culturally illiterate, and exceptionally low IQ white supremacists from backwards Republican bastions such as illegally occupied Texas, one of the many ancient homelands of my people, could possibly think that posting links and commentary regarding beautiful and expressive non-european music means a site has been hijacked by terrorists.
Гулсанам Мамазоитова has been kicking ass lately. Her traditional work has been wonderful, but the last year she's done an incredible job of integrating her talent into amazing and profound videos that fully retain traditional intonation, but with the jingles and jangles expected that keep modern viewers engaged.
Here is her latest, Сенсизлигимдан:
And here is a repost, as a reminder, of her stunning and gorgeous work Тановор from last year:
Shahzoda has released a touching and sentimental new composition about the transience and fragility of life.
A compelling aspect of many transoxianian and other indigenous pieces is the non-western approaches to time. The song ends, or has a break, when the time is right. It doesn't have to be with a western cadence, or with a fade out. It may in fact be right in the middle of a verse, the song is ready to end, so it ends. And that's it. Deal with it. It's how it is and how it is meant to be.
Microtonality is dead.
Xenharmonics are dead.
Compelling, listenable music outside of colonialist white western tuning will never die.
Art lives outside of labels, sects and cults that attempt to constrain, control and coopt human expression and emotion.
I went to public schools for many years and at absolutely no point during what was called "U.S. History" or "Social Studies" was a single true fact presented. There was a lot of information for us to memorize and be tested on during many years of "education" at top ranked schools, but none of it was true. It was all lies and falsehoods.
Now that people have access to the truth of history, teachers and advocates of "U.S." education systems still don't teach or have any interest in historical reality or the truth. Rather than correcting the lies, we hear things such as "That was a long time ago." and "Why should we focus on negative things?"
Despite our being told that things "a long time ago" such as the 1880s or 1930s, are totally irrelevant, unimportant, and should not be taught in history lessons, schools actually do cover a massive amount of things they claim happened in 1620 and 1776, but 100% of these claims made by most "U.S." public schools are still bald faced lies peddled to yet another generation of ignorant rubes ready to lap up the lies of their masters.
Nina Simone is god. I love her. She is beauty and life and truth. Her enemies are twisted.
Some corporations are filing claims against Nina Simone music because they want to falsely claim ownership and thus censor her messages of freedom and liberation. Nina was considered a terrorist by the US government and lived her later years in exile overseas. No US corporation has any legitimate legal claim that entitles their claims and censorship of her message. It's all to suppress the truth she speaks.
Last year ШYNGYS came out with a gorgeous and profoundly beautiful rap video. The group is named after the renowned spiritual leader who united many nations, cast out corrupt rulers, and unrelentingly pursued justice and honesty.
It should of course come as no surprise that this musical group has been labelled by the so-called americans as terrorists because of their message of freedom, and is under close surveillance by western intelligence agencies.
If you are reading this there is no chance whatsoever you were aware of this video or its message. If you are a musician in the west, the odds are overwhelming that you are either a racist imperialist or a trembling coward with nothing to say and nothing to express. You should be ashamed. But you are not. You are proud, because that is how your "educational" systems and other churches have programmed you, and you are too dimwitted to escape their grasp. What sense does it make to support genocide. None. You have failed as a person, and you have supported a vile and evil empire of greed and destruction that uses genocide as its base truth. You are a demon. You are nothing.
Kiriakou is still in prison for the crime of whistleblowing on crimes against humanity committed by the United States government under the direction of the white supremacist Texan George Bush. He was recently interviewed by Andrew Jones of The Intercept.
Good news, a fantastic new Ko'pkari themed video, this one from Surhon Guhuri. We've covered Ko'pkari music videos before here, but this one has the best HD videography of the event. Ko'pkari is a popular sport throughout Central Asia and goes by a few different names. It's like football, but done on horseback, with enormous crowds of players, over a vast mountain terrain, and instead of a pigskin you use a full size bloated goat carcass. It requires the ability to pick up from the ground objects that weigh well over 100 lbs, from horseback, at speed, without dismounting. To do so one must be very strong and a very good horseman. The sport utilizes such important skills which are also needed for mounted hunting and warfare, so the development of game skills has great practicality and relevance in regular life as well.
And here the story ends.
“There is no such thing as the voiceless, only the deliberately silenced or the preferably unheard” — Arundathi Roy
“indio sin tierra no es indio”