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Afghanistan: Musicians kidnapped by Taliban

17 December 2008

A group of six Afghan musicians has been kidnapped by the Taliban for defying a ban on music. This was reported by Agence France-Presse and various news media in Asia and Australia. According to Times of India one of the six musicians abducted on 13 December 2008 was found dead …

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Afghanistan: Short video about music and ‘community censorship’

14 July 2008

In a short documentary video about music and ‘community censorship’ in Afghanistan, the 19-year-old Afghan singer Mariam says she gets verbal abuse all the time as well as stones thrown at her in the street. Even though Mariam is regularly insulted and attacked, and her family wants to stop her …

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Afghanistan: New media restrictions according to Sharia law

21 April 2008

On 21 April 2008 the Ministry of Culture and Information in Afghanistan sent out a letter entitled ‘Letter 653’ to all Afghan tv, radio and printed media houses, ordering a new kind of restriction – or self-censorship – in the country’s media. By Samay Hamed – reporting for Freemuse from …

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Afghanistan: Restrictions on music discussed in parliament

2 April 2008

On 1 April 2008 a commission for cultural and religious affairs in Afghanistan’s lower house of parliament suggested to impose new restrictions on music and dance performance in Afghanistan. By Samay Hamed reporting for Freemuse from Kabul The main articles in the proposal from the commission for cultural and religious affairs …

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Afghanistan: Singer becomes symbol in the struggle for music freedom

13 March 2008

18-year-old Lima Sahar has placed herself in the middle of Afghanistan’s continous gender and music struggle. She could become the winner of the tv show ‘Afghan Star’ – the war-torn country’s answer to ‘American Idol’ which is drawing millions of viewers despite being condemned as ‘un-Islamic’ by Kabul’s Islamic council …

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Afghanistan: Singing ban is illegal, says governor

4 March 2008

The governor of Balkh province, Ata Mohammed Noor, said that the decision of the religious council to ban singing of young male artists in weddings is illegal. He promised to solve this problem soon. Ata Mohammed Noor’s statement was sent in a message on the occasion of the annual Music …

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Music Freedom Day 2008 – index

3 March 2008

 See the Music Freedom Day concert at Oslo’s Nobel Peace Center: nrk.no/nett-tv What happened on Music Freedom Day in 2008?3 March 2008 was observed as a global ‘Music Freedom Day’. Seminars and concerts were held in Norway, Afghanistan and Congo-Brazzaville. The concert in Oslo was broadcasted on national radio in …

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Afghanistan: Farhad Darya

25 February 2008

  Farhad Darya is the most famous and best-selling pop singer, music director and composer in Afghanistan. He is known as ‘Voice of Afghan People’ as well as ‘International Voice of Afghanistan’. Regarding the history of music censorship in the country, Farhad Darya’s case is one of the most significant. …

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Afghanistan: Nairez

25 February 2008

  Fazl-u-Rahman Nairez is a famous singer in Afghanistan, mostly known from national tv performances. Nairez was one of the singers who were forced to sing praisal songs for the Taliban regime in 1996-2001. Click on the photo two times to start the video.     Wimpy Wasp Player   …

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Afghanistan: Ghazal Ahmadi

25 February 2008

  Ghazal Ahmadi is a film actress in Afghanistan, and is also known for performing in music videos. Click on the photo two times to start the video.   In this interview Ghazal Ahmadi speaks about her experience as a music student who stopped learning how to play the guitar …

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