Music that is too fast or slow is banned in Chechnya

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The Russian republic of Chechnya is said to have ruled that all music should “correspond to a tempo of 80 to 116 beats per minute (BPM)” – meaning a lot of modern western music would be banned from being played publicly in the conservative Islamic society.
The new standard of music is relatively slow compared to a lot of modern-day pop music, as well as electro, rave, dubstep and techno music – which tends to be of a higher BPM.
Most pop songs range from 100 to 130 BPM, a tempo commonly used to create catchy and danceable rhythm.
The republic’s leader Ramzan Kadyrov instructed culture minister Musa Dadayev to make Chechen music “conform to the Chechen mentality,” according to Moscow Times.
“Borrowing musical culture from other peoples is inadmissible,” Mr Dadayev reportedly said.
This ensures that Chechen musical and dance creations align with the “Chechen mentality and musical rhythm,” aiming to bring “to the people and to the future of our children the cultural heritage of the Chechen people,” Dadayev added.
Artists are said to have been given until 1 June to rewrite music that doesn’t meet the criteria – and if their music isn’t reworked, they won’t be allowed to perform it in public.
Chechnya sits in the North Caucasus region between the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea.

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According to reports, the Chechen Republic in Russia has decreed that all music must “correspond to a tempo of 80 to 116 beats per minute (BPM)”; this means that a lot of contemporary Western music would not be permitted to be performed in public within the country’s strict Islamic culture.

The new musical standard is comparatively slow in comparison to a lot of contemporary pop music and the higher BPMs of electro, rave, dubstep, and techno music. Pop songs typically have a tempo of between 100 and 130 BPM, which is used to produce a catchy and danceable rhythm.

In order to uphold traditional values, playing songs like Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance,” Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball,” or even the Bee Gees’ “Tragedy” would be against the new censorship. In contrast, a Daft Punk track would typically be between 120 and 127 BPM.

According to Moscow Times, Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of the republic, gave culture minister Musa Dadayev instructions to “conform Chechen music to the Chechen mentality.”.

According to reports, Mr. Dadayev stated that it is unacceptable to appropriate musical culture from another group of people.

TASS, a state news agency in Russia, reported Dadayev as saying, “(I) have announced the final decision, agreed with the head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Akhmatovich Kadyrov, that from now on all musical, vocal and choreographic works must correspond to a tempo of 80 to 116 beats per minute.”.

In order to transmit “to the people and to the future of our children the cultural heritage of the Chechen people,” Dadayev continued, this guarantees that Chechen musical and dance creations stay true to the “Chechen mentality and musical rhythm.”.

It is stated that artists have until June 1st to rewrite any music that doesn’t fit the requirements; if they don’t, they won’t be permitted to perform the piece in public.

In the North Caucasus, between the Caspian and Black Seas, is the country of Chechnya.

A portion of Russia’s border with Georgia is located in this nearly totally Muslim nation. It has been an outspoken backer of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and has recently witnessed a spike in anti-LGBTQ+ violence, including purge-related stories.

2017 saw the UN human rights experts call on the authorities to look into claims that gay men were being killed, tortured, and targeted because of their sexual orientation.

The UN has called Chechnya’s horrific persecution of the LGBTQIA+ community “acts of persecution and violence on an unprecedented scale.”.

The third installment of investigative journalist turned filmmaker David France’s unofficial “activism trilogy,” which also includes the 2017 film The Death and Life of Marsha P. and the 2012 film How To Survive A Plague, is 2020’s Welcome To Chechnya, which is a must-watch for anyone interested in learning more about the struggles faced by the LGBTQIA+ community in Chechnya. Johnson. (View the above trailer).

This is an eye-opening and often terrifying investigation that, instead of using the traditional blurred faces method, uses a digital technique to mask the identities of the people David France spoke with. This ensures that the audience can still empathize with the interviewees even though they are essentially wearing a digital mask.

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