At weddings, parties, and other internal community events, Bukharian Jews' music of choice is a cosmopolitan mix of popular music styles and languages. This repertoire is confined to internal performances in accordance with a perceived pressure from multiculturalism to define one's “ethnic group” in terms of a unique, clearly defined, and exotic set of practices. Although associated with the new and modern Bukharian Jewish identity, party music is rooted in traditional roles and repertoire (such as the female wedding entertainer called sozanda) and retains distinctive Bukharian Jewish elements such as new poetry in Persian.
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