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Sato are a band from Uzbekistan who fuse together progressive rock and folk into a pretty unique fusion. Though there’s not much information about them online as of yet, the venerable blog ProgNotFrog have a small writeup on them, including personnel info.
The Medeo Ensemble were a jazz-fusion band out of Almaty, Kazakhstan (then a part of the USSR). As far as I can tell, this is the only album they ever released, but it holds up nicely.
A rather nice example of traditional music from Bashkortostan, a Turkic Republic inside of Russia. Unfortunately, there isn’t much information available on the artist, Gata Sulejmanov.
There isn’t a lot of information on wild psych music coming out of places like Tajikistan, but this isn’t a bad slice of Central Asian arabesque disco-prog, courtesy of Makhfirat Hamroqulova & Gulshan. Hamroqulova is not only a famous singer in the country, but an actress of note as well.
Auktyon were one of Russia’s best post-punk bands, and certainly among the most creative in what was then Leningrad, now St. Petersburg, Russia.
A full album by Turkmenistan’s greatest contribution to fusion, progressive rock and space rock, Gunesh.
No need to comment on this group. Just let the music envelop you.
Another Soviet ethno-jazz project of high quality. Boomerang hailed from Kazakhstan, and this particular album is considered their rarest.
Through scouring the net over the past 20 years, I’ve come to find that Uzbekistan hides a treasure trove of music. First, prog-rock seems to be relatively popular there (bands like Fromuz and magazines like ProgressoR come to mind). However, this release was a true gem. Ethno-jazz performed by the band Sato, who have almost …