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I should have checked, but thanks to sarcasm_hime, I've now got an example of an Azis video, from YouTube, of course.



So this is the face of Bulgarian Pop Folk, or chalga.

Of course, it doesn't help that pop folk is the genre that everybody loves to hate, whether it's intellectuals decrying its lowbrow subject matter, leftists decrying its (often) nationalistic bent or conservatives decrying its international roots.

But it really is all that. It's raunchy (and, like much sex-fueled pop, often completely banal; I expect that like many other pop genres it's best when you can't understand the lyrics). It's been strongly identified with nationalist movements (turbo-folk being particularly identified with Serbian nationalism). It blends Balkan, Mediterranean, Romani and Turkish music styles. There's something for everyone to hate.

And then there's Azis. Gay, Roma, flamboyant and a cross-dresser. Superstar of a despised genre. The only Bulgarian musician whose shows can always fill a soccer stadium.

What's not to love?

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hazelchaz
Apr. 24th, 2007 07:37 am (UTC)
Wow.
I imagine those shorts aren't very practical for working in that kind of environment.

And I agree; if you don't understand the words, it's just something that's got a beat and you can dance to it. I don't even know if the video has anything to do with what the song's about. I'm reminded of Dead or Alive's minimalist video for "You spin me round (like a record round)" for some reason...
fairegoddess
Apr. 24th, 2007 08:03 am (UTC)
Re: Wow.
They're less "shorts" and more "denim underwear". Yikes.
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bovil
Apr. 24th, 2007 09:20 pm (UTC)
He often bleaches (or glitters, or tips) his goatee and hair.
marquesate
Apr. 24th, 2007 08:47 am (UTC)
*blinks* Jayzuus, those guys have TITS in capitals. They're bigger than mine. *blinks-blinks*

I might have to post that video in my LJ. :-)
axejudge
Apr. 24th, 2007 04:33 pm (UTC)
Wow is right.
I guess that when you have that many "reasons" for people to hate you, you have nothing to lose by totally embracing who you are and putting it right out there for everyone to see.

Plus, I liked the song - whatever it meant. Rock (or is that pop) on, Azis!
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