Samarkand Uzbekistan Music
Many forms of popular music, including folk, pop and rock music, have flourished since the early 1990s, especially in Uzbekistan. Uzbek pop music is well developed and has enjoyed mainstream success in the United States, Europe, Asia and other parts of the Middle East and Africa.
The folk artist Turgun Alimatov is considered by the general music public and ethno musicians as one of the most important figures in the history of Uzbekistan. His image is associated with national pride and was presented as a symbol of Uzbek classical music all over the world. Uzbek folk and rock music, such as the folk rock band Rayhon, has gained great popularity and commercial success in the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
In the 1950s, Uzbek folk music became less popular, and the Soviets banned the genre from radio stations. After Uzbekistan gained independence from the USSR in the early 1990s, public interest in traditional Uzbek music was revived. Some folk music groups spread their music individually and continued to play it in their own way even after the ban.