Afghanistan: The hills are alive

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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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