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Uzbekistan: Rap Emerges From Under Unofficial Ban

There was a time in Uzbekistan when hip-hop got a bad rap for being insufficiently traditional and was de facto prohibited from the public scene.

Going by a student festival that took place last month, however, officials appear to have changed their tune. The “World Through Student Eyes” festival hosted, among other things, a competitive face-off between DJs and hip-hop artists, according to news website ut.uz.

The driving force behind the project was a fourth-year student at an Uzbek arts college, Abbos Tamatov.

“More than 100 people from various parts of the country expressed their interest in taking part in the competition,” Tamatov told ut.uz. “I’ll confess that I was only half certain that they would even let us hold the competition.”

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Uzbekistan: Rap Emerges From Under Unofficial Ban

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