Chechnya bans music too fast or too slow

The Chechen government, under Ramzan Kadirov's leadership and part of the Russian Federation, has imposed a ban on music deemed either too fast or too slow. According to reports, all music in Chechnya must now adhere to a tempo ranging from 80 to 116 beats per minute (BPM).

Publication: 08.04.2024 - 13:37
Chechnya bans music too fast or too slow
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The Culture Ministry announced this new musical standard earlier this week, as reported by The Moscow Times. This regulation, considerably slower compared to much of today's pop music, aims to prevent the public performance of several Western music genres within the traditionally conservative Islamic society.

It's claimed that Chechnya's leader, Ramzan Kadirov, instructed Culture Minister Musa Dadayev to align Chechen music more closely with the "Chechen mentality."

Dadayev reportedly stated, "Borrowing music culture from other peoples is unacceptable." The announcement followed a meeting between the ministry and local and regional artists.

Artists have been given until June 1 to revise their music to meet these criteria. Failure to comply will result in a ban on public performances of their work. The rule will notably ban all Western rave and techno music, which typically features higher BPMs, under the new regulation.

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