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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 – special report: The cage is singing

25 February 2008

  In-depth report with ten video interviews about music censorship in Afghanistan – past and present By Samay Hamed During the Taliban regime all music was banned in Afghanistan. But even before this dark chapter of Afghan history musicians suffered from censorship. This special report presents 10 unique video interviews …

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Afghanistan: Zhakfar Hussaini

25 February 2008

  Zhakfar Hussaini was censor in Afghanistan Writers Association in Balkh in 1986-1992. Today he is a poet and a graphic designer. He is also head of Afghanistani PEN’s publication section. Click on the photo two times to start the video.   In this interview Zhakfar Hussaini explains the way …

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Afghanistan: Aiab Gul Delshad

25 February 2008

  Aiab Gul Delshad is the head of Afghanistan’s Music Union, and also a famous folk singer. He started working with Radio Afghanistan in 1950. Aiab Gul Delshad was arrested once, and imprisoned and tortured another time, because of a few words in two song lyrics.   Click on photo …

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Afghanistan: Aziz Ghaznawi

25 February 2008

    Aziz Ghaznawi is an authority on music administration in Afghanistan. Aziz Ghaznawi is also a singer, and his songs have been broadcasted on air since 1965. He was employed by Radio Afghanistan in 1968 where, during a period, he was head of the music production department. Click on …

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Afghanistan: Baktash Kamran

25 February 2008

  Baktash Kamran is a lead singer in his own band, Kamran Music Group, famous amongst young Afghans. Baktash Kamran is the son of the popular Afghan comedian, Haji Mohammad Kamran. Click on the photo two times to start the video.     In this interview Baktash Kamran speaks about …

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Afghanistan: Fazl-u-Rahman Wahdat

25 February 2008

  Fazl-u-Rahman Wahdat is a famous Pashto folk singer from the south of Afghanistan. He is a board member of Afghanistan Music Union, and has been working for Radio Television Afghanistan since 1978. Click on the photo two times to start the video.     In this interview Fazl-u-Rahman Wahdat …

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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. In this interview Nairez speaks about …

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Afghanistan / UK: Film festival celebrates banned music

18 February 2008

A film festival entitled ‘Reel Afghanistan’ celebrates the Afghan art form which was banned by the Taliban: music. A concert featuring two bands, Kharabat and Qawali Sham Sufi, takes place on 24 February in Edinburgh. When the Taliban ransacked Afghanistan’s national film archives, some canny employees hid reels with 100,000 …

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