The banned played on



The banned played on
On the outskirts of the Pakistani border town of Peshawar there’s a run-down concrete block, decorated on the outside with posters promoting the names of its publicity-seeking yet somewhat-nervous residents. They are all refugees from Afghanistan – musicians who were forced to flee because they were banned by the Taliban from playing their music. Non-religious music was deemed un-Islamic. Those found performing could expect to be jailed and have their instruments smashed.
These exiled Afghan musicians now fear an extremist backlash against their new-found freedom.

Story from The Guardian
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