Rock music in Belarus
Belarusian rock has been developing since the early 1980s. The most important rock bands include Bonda, Krama, Mroja (later renamed to N.R.M.), ULIS, Novaje Nieba, Palac, Kriwi, Lyapis Trubetskoy, Verasy, Open Space, Neuro Dubel, Accent, and Otrazhenie.
There is another side to Belarusian music life which is censorship. Researchers Maya Medich and Lemez Lovas reported in 2006 that "independent music-making in Belarus today is an increasingly difficult and risky enterprise", and that the Belarusian government "puts pressure on ‘unofficial’ musicians - including ‘banning’ from official media and imposing severe restrictions on live performance." In a video interview on freemuse.org the two authors explain the mechanisms of censorship in Belarus (Freemuse.org).
- Basovišča (held in Poland)
- Be Free (held in Ukraine)
- Rock za babrou
- Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk
- Vicious Crusade
- Lemez Lovas and Maya Medich: 'Hidden Truths – Music, Politics and Censorship in Lukashenko’s Belarus' (Freemuse Report no. 7)
- Articles on music censorship in Belarus
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