Motor-Roller Returns to Kazakhstan after European Tour

Moto-RollerALMATY – The Kazakh musical group Motor-Roller, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2013, has returned home after a European tour.

The musicians performed in March in several German cities including Berlin, Cologne, Munich and Frankfurt. They also gave a concert in the Czech capital, Prague. According to frontman Ilyas Autov, group members were nervous before their first concert in Berlin because the city attracts many world class artists.  Despite their fears and the language barrier, the group was well received.

Group members also said Berlin was the most memorable stop on their European tour, but that they were inspired in general by the cities, architecture and people of Europe. They said they believe their trip will trigger ideas for new songs.

Autov observed some differences between concert goers in Kazakhstan and Europe. “It is really easy to identify foreigners, as they are not hesitant to show their emotions. While our people worry about what they look like and how other people are acting,” said Autov.

Motor-Roller’s latest CD also sold out quickly in Germany. It will be released on their website on April 1 and the band will hold an autograph session in Almaty on April 3.

The frontman also explained the meaning of the name they gave to one of their recent concerts, “I Love Baranina,” which means “I love lamb meat.”

“I love Baranina is our message. It means that we don’t want to see Kazakhstan’s people become zombies and behave like sheep,” Autov said.

According to the frontman, Motor-Roller does perform only one musical genre. “Our music is for everyone. We have a lot of heavy rock songs, as well as dance music. We also love ballads,” said Autov.

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