Rock music in Belarus

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N.R.M. at concert wRock for freedom, Wrocław, June 17, 2007

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.

Famous metal bands are Asguard, Apocryphal, Gods Tower, Vicious Crusade, 5diez, Rasta, and TT-34. Molchat Doma formed 2017 feature soviet-style buildings and cityscapes on their imagery.

Basovišča is the most important Belarusian rock music festival. Other festivals in the field are "Be Free" and "Rock-kola".


There is another side to Belarusian music life which is censorship.[1] 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 the two authors explain the mechanisms of censorship in Belarus (

Another black list became known in 2011, when Krama, Krambambula, Lyapis Trubetskoy, N.R.M., Naka, Palats, Neuro Dubel among others were banned from performing concerts in Belarus.[2][3]

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Rasta at Basovišča, July 22, 2007


  1. ^ Тарналицкий, Тарас (2015-05-11). "Концертный рынок Беларуси не ждет экономического подъема" (in Russian). Belorusy i rynok. Archived from the original on 2020-04-08. Retrieved 2020-04-08.
  2. ^ "Забароненыя музыкі" (in Belarusian). Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. 2011-05-30. Archived from the original on 2020-04-06. Retrieved 2020-04-06.
  3. ^ Соўсь, Ганна (2011-04-02). "Сяргей Будкін – пра белы сьпіс "Свабоды"" (in Belarusian). Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Archived from the original on 2020-04-06. Retrieved 2020-04-06.

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