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Bulgaria: I Cannot Ban Chalga Music in Schools – Bulgaria’s Education Minister – Novinite.com – Sofia News Agency

Asked to comment on a video showing uniformed junior students dancing to a song of the scandalous Roma pop-folk singer Azis, Education Minister Sergey Ignatov has said that it is beyond his power to ban chalga in schools.

The video, which shortly went viral thanks to youtube and social networks, is part of a reportage of Radio Vidin, the local program of the Bulgarian National Radio, on March 8 celebrations in Vidin.

To congratulate the women working at the municipal administration and the regional education inspectorate, the children from the “Zvanche” (“Bell”) kindergarten and the “Sofronii Vrachanski” elementary school in the northwestern city of Vidin performed a dance show.

Part of the dance routines were played to a song of Azis, chalga singer and an eminent cross-dresser.

“Is this singer banned by some authority? By the Council for Electronic Media (SEM), for instance? If I introduce a ban on playing his songs in schools in my capacity as an Education Minister, we shall be held liable for discrimination. If I don’t, I shall also face accusations. This is why other institutions need to come up with a pronouncement. That said, my opinion is that appropriate pieces of music should be chosen considering the age of the children,” Ignatov told journalists on Wednesday.

via Bulgaria: I Cannot Ban Chalga Music in Schools – Bulgaria’s Education Minister – Novinite.com – Sofia News Agency.

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