Artists Banned From Performing To A Phonogram In Kyrgyzstan From 2023

The phonogram has long become commonplace, so the audience at concerts can hardly be surprised with something for a long time.

As a rule, the use of a phonogram is considered a rule of bad taste by world-famous artists and those who simply care about their authority in front of the audience and listeners. That is why during performances, singers often say separate phrases or try to involve the entire audience in the performance of a particular song.

But the authorities of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan went further and at the legislative level banned the use of a phonogram during live performances of artists in front of the audience. The ban came into force on January 1, 2023. It applies to all official public performances by artists at state events, concerts, festivals, and so on.

That is, it is impossible to use a phonogram during a performance at any public event that is held on the territory of Kyrgyzstan. And this ban applies not only to local artists, but also to all foreign artists who come to perform in this mountainous country from abroad.

The decree on the prohibition of phonograms was signed by the Kyrgyz Minister of Culture, Information and Sports Altynbek Maksutov. From the beginning of February 2023, each organizer of a concert, festival and any other similar event must indicate in the poster about the use of a phonogram during the concert, if such is planned.

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But certain restrictions on the use of phonograms were in force in the republic before. Previously, artists were required to warn the audience about the use of a phonogram, but only this could be done verbally and directly during the concert. Of course, not all artists did this, since information about the use of phonograms automatically makes concert tickets much cheaper.

Some artists may not want to sing along due to the fact that they feel that it does not provide an opportunity to showcase their musical prowess and vocal skills. Also, the use of a backing track may limit the possibilities for improvisation and adaptation of songs to a particular performance.

However, for other artists, the use of a backing track may be useful, for example, when performing in large halls or when performing with long musical breaks.

By the way, in neighboring Kazakhstan there is a ban on reworking Kazakh folk songs in a modern way.

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