First female music performance in a decade
As the first female singer to take to the stage in Afghanistan in more than a decade, Tajik singer Maniza Daulat performed for 1,500 male fans in Kabul.
The concert took place under heavy security because of fears of attacks by insurgents. The area was cordoned off to vehicles and monitored by the police and fire brigade. Police and intelligence agents milled among the spectators. Despite the strict measures, the – entirely male – audience apparently went away impressed.
Tickets cost 2,000 afghanis (40 US dollars), almost equivalent of a month’s wage for government employees.
Online – International News Network / AFP – 22 January 2006: