Azerbaijani rock

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Azerbaijani rock (Azerbaijani: Azərbaycan roku) is a wide variety of forms of rock music made in Azerbaijan or by artists of Azerbaijani descent.


Soviet Era[edit]

Rock was greatly restricted for most of the period Azerbaijan was under Soviet rule, being viewed by the CPSU as a Western anti-socialist influence.[1] Among the most recognized groups of the Soviet era were Coldünya, Yuxu, "Eksulap", and "Khurramids".[2][3]

Post-Soviet Era[edit]

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the rock audience in Azerbaijan started slowly to grow and groups like Unformal gained popularity among local fans.[4] Sumgayit was credited as the main regional driving force behind these rock bands of the 1990s, including Yuxu, Miraj, Mozalan, and Sirr.[3][5][6]

In 2014, Tuborg GreenFest was held in Baku. It was the largest rock festival in the country's history.[7]

Notable Performers[edit]



Dilara Kazimova of Unformal, which was considered one of the most successful emerging Azerbaijani bands of the early 2000s.




  1. ^ Азербайджан: рок-музыка. (in Russian). Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "History of Azerbaijani Rock". Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Ganjavi, Elshan. "Bir yuxu kimi və Azərbaycan roku... – köşə". (in Azerbaijani). Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  4. ^ Кто любит рок в Азербайджане? – Опрос. (in Russian). ANS TV. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Yenə də Sumqayıt…". (in Azerbaijani). Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Sumqayıt rok ənənələrini bərpa edir". www.inradiotv. (in Azerbaijani). Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Azerbaijan to host GreenFest Rock Festival". Retrieved 25 June 2014. 

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