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Homemade Museum Preserves Spirit Of Turkmen Folk Music


Homemade Museum Preserves Spirit Of Turkmen Folk Music
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In Turkmenistan's tightly-controlled cultural environment, only musicians with state approval can appear on television and radio. The traditional folk singers known as "bagshys" rarely, if ever, receive the government's stamp of approval. As a result, few of them reach a wide audience, and their musical legacy is slowly fading away. To preserve the songs of these traditional musicians, a retired civil engineer in Ashgabat has started a "Museum of Bagshys" in his own home. (Video by Soltan Achilova, RFE/RL's Turkmen Service)

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