Roger Rekless and Nico Suave, two German hip-hop artists, played a show in the center of Dushanbe last Thursday, which was my first day in town. Needless to say, when I started the day at 3:35 am navigating the incredible scrum at the Dushanbe airport’s passport check windows, I didn’t expect it to include Teutonic rap stylings (explained in English on the German Embassy in Australia’s website, as Down Under is a future stop on Rekless and Suave’s world tour), but it did.
Actually, they weren’t half bad, and the Tajik kids taking German in school that comprised the majority of the audience seemed really into the show, as they were waiving their hands in the air like they just didn’t care. The parents of said kids who were sitting on the benches behind them appeared less enamored.
Notwithstanding the relative decentness of Rog and Nico, I wasn’t long for that scene. It was just too weird, and as it was about 7 p.m., my jet lag started to hit hard. But that didn’t stop me from going to Keller’s, a German restaurant, of course, around the corner from the show with my boss. I managed to find a way to choke down a couple of not too bad half-liter pilsners and a Dushanbe kabob (deep-fried ground beef shapped into a large oval) before really hitting the wall and turning in for the night.
All in all, a pretty good first day, which is pretty much true for any day that includes German hip-hop.