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Free Daughter of Free Kyrgyz Republic

Free Daughter of Free Kyrgyz Republic

Last week a young artist from the Kyrgyz Republic Zere Asylbek released her ‘Kyz’ music video, which went viral. It was her first music video and one of the most important recent debuts for the country. The music video has a strong message saying no one can tell girls how they should live and that everybody should respect other people’s choices. It has become a manifesto to support women’s rights.

Zere

Zere is a 19-year-old English teacher, who is also interested in art and theatre. Prior to her outstanding debut she had no professional experience in music. Luckily, we may see an entire album from Zere in foreseeable future.

‘Kyz’ is my first work, which is dedicated not only to women, but also to men. Every person, regardless of gender, should be able to live as she or he wants respecting other people’s choices.
— Zere Asylbek, the-village.kz

‘Kyz’ (‘a girl’ from Kyrgyz — GO KG)

The song itself has been released a couple months ago, but it was the video to bring attention. The name of the song is kyz, which translates as a girl from Kyrgyz. Zere’s music video has brought a large discussion in Kyrgyz media and beyond. The song lyrics are the following:

I wish the time comes
When they would stop telling how to live.
When they would stop staying ‘do this’, ‘don’t do that’.
Why should I be like you say I should or like the majority wants?
I am a person, and I have my freedom of speech.
Where is your respect for me?
I’ll respect you. You respect me.
You and I, together,
Hey dear, join me,
We will create our freedom around.

The time will come when
No one will say ‘don’t wear this’, ‘don’t do that’ to me.
Don’t shout at me like that.
Why should I be like you say I should or like the majority wants?
I am a person, and I have my freedom of speech.
Where is your respect for me?
I’ll respect you. You respect me.
You and I, together,
Hey dear, join me,
We will create our freedom around.

No one should feel oneself inferior,
You are just as good.
No one should feel oneself inferior,
You are just as good.
No one should feel oneself inferior,
You are just as good.
You and I, together,
Hey dear, join me,
We will create our freedom around.
You and I, together,
Hey dear, join me,
We will create our freedom around.

Free Daughter of Free Kyrgyz Republic

After the video release Zere has received numerous comments — not all of them were friendly unfortunately. A 19-year-old artist has been shamed for her outfit in the video. Moreover, Zere had to face death threats for supporting women’s rights and going against the conservative traditions — she even had to file a complaint to the police.

A major Kyrgyz media, Kloop.kg has analysed over 1 000 comments about the music video. The three main groups were the following: 1) those, who support Zere; 2) negative comments; and 3) neutral comments with no clear positive or negative attitude.

Comments analysed by Kloop.kg

Source: kloop.kg

As you can see from the chart above, unfortunately majority of the comments both by men and women were negative. Most of the negative comments were about Zere’s appearance and outfit. The other part of those were saying the video was against the Kyrgyz mentality. Still, fortunately around 20% of the comments were to support Zere.

Zere’s father, Asylbek Zholdoshev has started receiving comments too after his daugher’s music video release. In his Facebook post he has supported his daughter saying he tried to understand his daughter and to respect her choice.

Yes, Zere is my daughter. A free daughter of free Kyrgyz Republic. She has learned to be independent since childhood, to freely express her opinion, to set and achieve goals, to fight injustice, to be a creative person.
— Asylbek Zholdoshev, Zere's father
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