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Singing about Lukashenko

A musical talk on protest and propaganda songs about Aleksandr Lukashenko.

A winter clad man looks into the camera, with a hilly landscape and blue sky in the background.

Andrei Rogatchevski is Professor of Russian Literature at the University of Tromsø.

President Aliaksandr Lukashenka can be complimented on inspiring song writing ever since his first election in 1994. There are dozens of songs about him, mostly composed by Belarusian and Russian musicians. These songs belong to a wide range of genres, from folk and estrada to rock-n-roll, rap and punk, and can broadly be divided into three categories: pro-Lukashenka (inspired by a short-term survival strategy of praising the ruler), anti-Lukashenka (a long-term survival strategy undermining the ruler) and ambivalent (aka stiob, undermining the ruler by ostensibly praising him). This illustrated talk will discuss the comparative (dis)advantages of all three strategies. 

Published Oct. 11, 2021 9:49 PM - Last modified Nov. 5, 2021 12:37 PM