The Taliban’s war on music has done lasting damage
RFE/RL Journalist Shaheen Buneri produced this video under a fellowship from the Pulitzer Centre On Crisis Reporting.
“In the past, we held our musical gatherings in the open,” the musician Sherzaman told Shaheen Buneri: “Now people have only small gatherings in private spaces. There are bomb blasts everywhere and people feel frightened.”
RFE/RL: Did some musicians quit playing during the Taliban’s rule?
“Yes, many quit their jobs. Allah is my witness that I never got rid of my harmonium. I thought, if they kilol me, it will be with my harmonium, because I earned my bread with that instrument. Some musicians took their instruments with them when they fled.”
Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) – 3 August 2011:
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