Afghanistan: The hills are alive


The hills are alive
No sooner had the Taliban left Kabul than the city resounded to the beat and keening melodies of Indian and Iranian songs, together with the long-hidden favourites of the Afghan popular canon. Music-kiosk merchants whipped out their bootlegged cassettes and pushed aside the only kind of music the Taliban allowed: unaccompanied male voice choirs singing dirges.
Extensive article, including interview with report writer John Baily.

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