THE MUSIC OF KYRGYZSTAN

Updated: Mar 29, 2020



March 2020

This republic from the former Soviet Union is tucked between Kazakhstan and China. It

is at the same time far and quiet, so we know somewhat little about it yet, its history is 2000 years filled with a rich culture. In the middle of the “Silk Road” The country has experienced the change and mix of civilizations.

Kyrgyzstan gained its independence in late 1991 after the fall of the Soviet Union.




The landscape is mountainous with steppes and green valleys, lakes and rivers providing for wild horses.

The climate is divers, cold and dry in the north, hot and humid in the south but the wild nature is undeniably beautiful.







The traditional music of Kyrgyzstan is nomadic and rural as the country is mainly rural. The music is flowing like a novel depicting the epic and heroic tales of the country.

The Komuz, a 3-strings guitar used in central Asia, is not the only folkloric instrument played by the Kyrgyz, the Kobyz a 2-string instrument played with a bow or the Sybyzgy a side-blown flute are very important instruments in the Kyrgyz culture.

If the ancestral culture of Kyrgyzstan is still an important part of the country's fiber, it has opened its doors to influences from the West. The youth is using modern instruments, electric guitars or synthesizers to express their creativity.

Lots of them are playing a combination of hard rock/metal with regional influences, Darkeshtrah is the most popular Kyrgyz metal band but you can also listen to contemporary pop with singer Mirbek Atabekov.




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