Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Patron of the Arts


Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov has banned the playing of recorded music at all public events, on television and at weddings...He has already banned opera and ballet, describing them as "unnecessary".

But wait, there's more:

And in comments broadcast on state television, Mr Niyazov told his cabinet: "Unfortunately, one can see on television old voiceless singers lip-synching their old songs. "Don't kill talents by using lip-synching... create our new culture."

Details here.

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